Call for Evidence: Post-implementation review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015

Closed 10 May 2021

Opened 16 Mar 2021

Overview

The CAT is a specialist appeal body with expertise in competition and regulatory decisions. It hears appeals against competition decisions (under the Competition Act 1998 (the CA98)), applications for review of merger and market decisions (under the Enterprise Act 2002 (the EA02)) and of regulatory decisions across regulated sectors (including, for example, under the Communications Act 2003 (the Comms Act 2002)). The CAT was created in its present form by Section 12 and Schedule 2 to the Enterprise Act 2002 and began operation in April 2003.  Its jurisdiction extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.

Why we are consulting

The Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015, Statutory Instrument (SI 2015/1648) (the CAT Rules 2015) revoked and replaced the CAT Rules 2003 (SI 2003/1372) to modify and strengthen rules governing appeal and judicial review proceedings before the CAT and to incorporate new rules governing the conduct of private law actions in the CAT following the enactment of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the CRA 2015) which enlarged the CAT’s jurisdiction in that respect.  

Under the CAT Rules 2015, the Secretary of State is required to carry out a review of the CAT Rules 2015 and publish a report by 1st October 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the report is expected to be published in Spring 2021.

This call for evidence will inform the post-implementation review (the Review) of the CAT Rules 2015 and help to answer the question of whether the rule changes have achieved the intended objectives. The Review covers the period from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2020.

Read the Call for Evidence document on GOV.UK.

 

What happens next

Comments made in response to this Review will be considered by the CAT PIR Team and will inform the final report which will then be considered by BEIS Ministers. We may contact you if, for example, we have a query in respect of your response. A final report covering the Review will be published on the GOV.UK website. 

Audiences

  • Consumer organisations
  • Consumer law specialists

Interests

  • Growth
  • Competitiveness