Leisure sector: alleged anti-competitive practices

The CMA is investigating a suspected breach of competition law in the leisure sector under Chapter I of CA98.

Case timetable

Date Action
December 2016 (estimate) Decision on next phase of the investigation in light of evidence received to date
July to November 2016 (estimate) Further investigation including further information requests
June 2016 Decision to proceed with the investigation
December 2015 to May 2016 (estimate) Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal and informal information requests and parties’ responses. CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests. Potential state of play meetings with parties under investigation
December 2015 Investigation opened


  • The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998.
  • 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 the party under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.
  • As a result, it would not be appropriate at present to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.


Project manager

George Brenton (020 3738 6327, george.brenton@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Project director

Simon Nichols (0203 738 6368, simon.nichols@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Senior responsible officer

Ann Pope (0203 738 6786, ann.pope@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

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