The use of competition powers by sector regulators – does concurrency work?


  • 16/10/2014
Speakers: Jon Stern, Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy, City University; Suyong Kim, Partner, Hogan Lovells; and Geoffrey Myers, Director of Competition Economics, Ofcom.

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 places a strengthened obligation on sector regulators to give primacy to the use of their competition powers ahead of regulatory ones, where appropriate. The UK Competition Network has been established to improve co-ordination between the Competition and Markets Authority and sector regulators. This lecture will examine the concurrency regime within sectoral regulation and competition policy, including potential future developments with the new arrangements.

The Beesley Lectures are a series of eight annual lectures covering regulated industries in the UK. The lectures are held in memory of Professor Michael Beesley, who was a leading architect of the British  system of utility regulation and a Managing Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He founded the series in 1991 and organised them until his death in 1999.

The lectures are taking place every Thursday between 2nd October and 20th November this year, at the Institute of Directors. Evenings will begin at 6.30pm and delegates are encouraged to network over refreshments until 7pm, when the lecture will commence. Lectures will last for one hour, followed by a 20-minute response before handing over to the audience for extended discussion. The proceedings will end at 8.45pm with refreshments.

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The lectures are organised with the assistance of the Centre for Competition & Regulatory Policy, City University.

Sponsored by PwC.