The Commerce Commission has published new guidelines describing how it enforces New Zealand's fair trading, competition, and credit contract laws. The Enforcement Response Guidelines are designed to provide clarity for businesses and consumers on the Commission's enforcement powers, as well as direction for structuring complaints. They also include new guidance on negotiating settlement for non-compliance, a tool that is becoming increasingly common as a means of avoiding protracted litigation.

A summary of the main features of the guidelines can be found in the recent Russell McVeagh Competition Alert, here. The guidelines can be found here.