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The OFT held a stakeholder event on 2 March 2011 at the OFT launching the final version of the guidance setting out the procedures it follows in Competition Act investigations and the one-year trial of a Procedural Adjudicator in competition cases.
The event followed consultation on a draft of the guidance, which included a roundtable held at the OFT in October 2010.
For further information, see the consultation page, A guide to the OFT's Competition Act 1998 investigation procedures - a consultation paper.
OFT Chairman Philip Collins delivered a speech highlighting the developments as well as putting them in the context of the ongoing process of transformation at the OFT. In the speech, he announced that Jackie Holland would be taking on the role of the Procedural Adjudicator during the one-year trial period.
For further information, see Philip Collins's speech, 'CA98: Shaping the future of Competition Act cases' given at the OFT on 2 March 2011.
Jackie Holland, OFT Director of Competition Policy, gave a Powerpoint presentation providing more detail about the content of the guidance, including parts that had changed following consultation. She also elaborated on the one-year trial of the Procedural Adjudicator role. As noted above, she will taking on this role during the trial period.
Her slides are available here: Competition Act 1998 investigation procedures: the final guidance (pdf 93 kb)
Jackie's talk was followed by a Q&A session in which delegates explored the developments in more depth with Philip and Jackie.
John Fingleton closed the event with a review of the developments and the next steps.
A video of the OFT presentations is available below.