Keeping the lights on in a Channel Island

A recent electricity price control dispute in the small island of Sark in the English Channel captured the imagination of the media, with outlets such as BBC, ITV, The Guardian, and CNN speculating that the island would have to be evacuated due to an electricity blackout.

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Future mobile connectivity in Ireland

Ireland is characterised by high levels of smartphone and 4G penetration and rapidly rising consumption of mobile data, which has risen almost seven-fold since 2013 and is forecast to grow at an average of 32% per year up to 2022.

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Negotiating damages: no walk in the (Wrotham) park?

In commercial disputes and arbitrations, the remedy for a breach of contract may involve awarding damages calculated by reference to the wrongdoer’s profits. This is referred to as negotiating damages (previously, ‘Wrotham Park’ damages), and it can be controversial.

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Autonomous vehicles in transport appraisal

The very real prospect of large proportions of the road fleet being fully autonomous within the next 20 years means we need to capture the implications of this in demand forecasting and appraisals for other modes of transport.

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Competition regulation and consumer protection in financial services: are they natural bedfellows?

In most countries, financial conduct regulation and competition regulation are undertaken by separate institutions. Yet there are questions about the efficacy of this arrangement, given the results seen in UK financial markets, which can sometimes favour neither consumers nor efficient and innovative firms.

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EU’s P2B regulation: potential unintended consequences

Online platforms offer many benefits to business users and consumers, and play an important role in society in bringing people and/or businesses together.

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Oxera advises Post Office on Payzone UK acquisition

Oxera advises Post Office on Payzone UK acquisition for over-the-counter payment of bills system. Case provides insight into merger assessment in two-sided markets.

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Keeping the lights on in a Channel Island

A recent electricity price control dispute in the small island of Sark in the English Channel captured the imagination of the media, with outlets such as BBC, ITV, The Guardian, and CNN speculating that the island would have to be evacuated due to an electricity blackout.

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Future mobile connectivity in Ireland

Ireland is characterised by high levels of smartphone and 4G penetration and rapidly rising consumption of mobile data, which has risen almost seven-fold since 2013 and is forecast to grow at an average of 32% per year up to 2022.

Read More


Negotiating damages: no walk in the (Wrotham) park?

In commercial disputes and arbitrations, the remedy for a breach of contract may involve awarding damages calculated by reference to the wrongdoer’s profits. This is referred to as negotiating damages (previously, ‘Wrotham Park’ damages), and it can be controversial.

Read More


Autonomous vehicles in transport appraisal

The very real prospect of large proportions of the road fleet being fully autonomous within the next 20 years means we need to capture the implications of this in demand forecasting and appraisals for other modes of transport.

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Which direction is the FCA walking on prices?

Yesterday, the FCA published the terms of reference for the forthcoming general insurance market study; a thematic review of the home insurance supervisory programme; and a discussion paper on fair pricing in financial services. Who is affected? The market study will focus on motor and home insurance, with wider implications for health, pet and travel

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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement—what happens if there isn’t one?

During October and November 2018, the UK and the EU are hoping to agree on the basis for the UK to withdraw from the Union, with the Agreement to be ratified by EU institutions and the UK Parliament before the UK leaves on 29 March 2019. What happens if the UK leaves with no deal in place? In particular, what will be the effect on ports and trade?

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