One Lawyer, Many Clients: Legal Representation of Parties with Conflicting Interests
Noreen Mackey, Legal Adviser, Ireland's Competition Authority, Ireland
This paper outlines a problem which the author has encountered in the course of her work as in-house legal adviser to the Irish Competition Authority.
The role of the Competition Authority
The Competition Authority (‘the Authority’) is the body responsible for enforcing both national and EU competition law in Ireland. It has investigative powers of summons and search, both of which it exercises on a regular basis. Ireland is one of the few European jurisdictions to have made infringements of its competition law criminal offences. In fact, in Ireland it is a criminal offence to infringe not only national, but also EU competition law.
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