Guidance

Leniency and no-action applications in cartel cases: OFT1495

Guidance on the principles and process of applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases.

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Applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases

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Quick Guide to Cartels and Leniency for Businesses

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Quick Guide to Cartels and Leniency for Individuals

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) operates a leniency policy under which businesses and individuals that provide evidence of cartel activity and co-operate with the CMA’s investigation can benefit from a reduction in or, in some circumstances, complete immunity from penalties.

The guidance on ‘applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases’ sets out how the CMA will handle applications for leniency from both businesses and individuals.

The ‘quick guide to cartels and leniency for businesses’ explains that businesses that have engaged in cartel activity and their directors and employees can benefit from reporting and providing evidence of a cartel.

The ‘quick guide to cartels and leniency for individuals’ provides an overview of how an individual involved in cartel activity might be able to obtain immunity from prosecution from the cartel offence in the form of a no-action letter.

The ‘information note’ sets out the arrangements for the handling of leniency applications in the UK within the regulated sectors.

Published 1 July 2013
Last updated 24 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Addendum to OFT1495 published.

  2. Note on arrangements for leniency applications in the regulated sectors added.

  3. First published.