Decision taken to proceed with the investigation (further update by the end of May 2018)
July to December 2017
Initial investigation: inspections, information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses
On 19 July 2017, the CMA launched an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements in relation to the supply of design, construction and fit-out services in the UK which may infringe Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).
No assumption should be made at this stage that the CA98 has been infringed. The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.
If the CMA issues a statement of objections, it will provide the addressee(s) of that statement of objections with an opportunity to make written and oral representations. See here for further detail of the CMA’s Procedures in Competition Act cases.