Punch Taverns - CAMRA complaint

22 Oct 2009

Slaughter and May is advising Punch Taverns on a super complaint made to the OFT by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) relating to the supply of beer in pubs, particularly with regard to exclusive purchasing obligations by pub-owning companies, which require lessees to purchase beer solely through their pub-owning company landlord.

The OFT found there was effective competition between pubs and did not consider that supply ties contributed to higher prices or prevented pubs offering a wide choice to consumers. CAMRA has appealed this decision to the CAT and the OFT has commenced a public consultation (to hold off proceedings for the time being) on which we are currently advising.

Contacts

Bertrand Louveaux (partner), Paul Walter (associate)


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