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The 10th Junior Competition Conference (the JCC), organised by the Competition Law Journal, was held on 15 April 2016 at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The aim of the JCC is to give the junior end of the competition law community, from all professional backgrounds, a forum to express their views, exchange ideas, and get to know one another. Over 100 competition practitioners attended, from a wide range of law firms, chambers, economic consultancies and other organisations.
This year’s JCC had two interrelated themes: ‘Brexit? Divergence and convergence in UK and EU competition law’ and ‘Private Enforcement: calm before the storm?’. Six papers were presented at the conference, three on each theme. These papers demonstrate the depth of talent and legal and economic thinking among Britain’s young competition practitioners. All six papers will be included in Issue 3 of the Competition Law Journal, which will be published in September 2016.
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This special online edition of the Competition Law Journal brings together the three papers focused on ‘Brexit’. The conference papers address the complex inter-relationship between UK and EU competition law and the ramifications that Brexit will have on the competition landscape. Nicholas Querée and Paul Johnson consider the possible impact of Brexit on cartel enforcement and merger control, respectively, and Anneli Howard considers how Brexit might impact competition litigation. These papers were presented, and therefore substantially written, before the EU referendum took place on 23 June 2016, in which a majority voted for Brexit. Although the authors have made changes to reflect the results, they should be read with this in mind.