The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published a quick guide to private litigation in competition cases. The advice is aimed at people contemplating bringing private proceedings in the UK courts to recover damages caused by competition law breaches. Specifically, it deals with the following points:

When a claim can be brought;

  • The appropriate courts in which to commence a claim;
  • The types of action that may be brought;
  • Time limits; and
  • The types of relief that may be sought.

Alongside examining options for litigation, the guide also sets out alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration and mediation, and stresses the benefits of using settlement tactics over litigation within private disputes where possible.

To download the OFT’s guide to private litigation in competition cases, click here