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Annual Westminster Conference

A one day conference held at One Great George Street on 2 May.

Regulatory Pathologies: Diagnosis and Remediation

An overview of the issues and first case study.

Views from Central Government

  • John Grady, Shepherd and Wedderburn (chair)
  • Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority, ‘Trust, Trustworthiness and the soft-power mode of regulation’ (slides)
  • Tony Curzon-Price, BEIS, ‘Data: thinking about how we might regulate the public good monopoly that wants to stay private’

Case studies from the energy sector

  • Paul Smith, PSR (ex CEO AEMC) (chair)
  • Steve Smith, RPI and Lloyds Banking, on retail energy market regulation (slides)
  • Eleanor Mack, Fingleton Associates, on the smart metering programme (slides)

Systemic regulatory risks and magical thinking vs realism in diagnosis and remediation: a panel discussion

  • Stephen Kinnock, MP (chair)
  • George Yarrow, RPI, on lessons from past systemic collapses
  • John Temple Lang, Trinity College, Dublin, on the Brexit tangle (notes)

A one day conference held at One Great George Street on 3 May.

Too busy to think?

Very first principles: Concepts of fairness & regulating for disruptive change

How well is competition policy and law coping with its challenges?

  • Peter Freeman, CAT (chair)
  • William Allen, CAT (slides)
  • Nicola Mazzarotto, KPMG

Assessing regulatory adaptation: energy, financial services and life sciences.

  • Sonia Brown, Visa Europe & RPI (chair)
  • Steve Smith, Lloyds Banking Group & RPI (slides)
  • Bernd Halling, Bayer AG

Implications of sustained disruption in the communications sector.

  • Tim Keyworth, RPI (chair)
  • Emily Clark, BT (slides)
  • David Stewart, Towerhouse LLP (slides)
A one day conference held at One Great George Street on 27 April.

Issues in market governance and regulatory governance

Governance arrangements for major infrastructure decisions and projects

Market governance: competition policies and business conduct regulation

  • Peter Freeman, CAT (chair)
  • George Yarrow, RPI slides
  • Mary Starks, FCA slides

Governance of devolved regulation: quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  • John Swift QC (chair)
  • Deirdre Hutton, CAA slides
  • John Wotton, CMA slides

Network governance in changing circumstances

  • Jenny Block, Pinsent Masons (chair)
  • Martin Crouch, Ofgem slides
  • Cathryn Ross, Ofwat slides/a>
A one day conference held at One Great George Street on 23 April.

Regulation of markets and networks in the UK: the state of play in a period of economic and political insecurity

The purposes and functions of independent economic regulation

The role of regulation in facilitating efficient investment

  • Richard Price (chair)
  • Sir John Armitt
  • Ian Osborne, CAA slides
  • James Wardlaw slides

Regulatory challenges in the financial sector

  • Steve Smith (chair)
  • Andrea Coscelli, CMA slides
  • Hannah Nixon, PSR
  • Professor Paul Grout, University of Bristol slides

Regulators and the interests of consumers

  • Alex Chisholm (chair) slides
  • Claudio Pollack, Ofcom
  • Tony Cocker, E.ON
  • Richard Lloyd, Which?

Coherence and Stability in Regulatory Policy
A one day conference held at One Great George Street on 25 April.

Some current UK issues and challenges

Size, scope and structure of relevant institutions' issues

  • Gordon Downie, Shepherd and Wedderburn (chair) slides
  • Sue Begg, New Zealand Competition Commission slides
  • Mart Ots, Estonian Competition Authority slides

Interpreting and implementing 'promotion of competition' objectives

  • Suyong Kim, Hogan Lovells LLP (chair)
  • Scott Hempling, Georgetown University speech
  • Steve Smith, Lloyds Banking Group speech
  • Roger Witcomb, CMA Panel Chair

Cross sector experiences and coordination issues

  • Iain Osborne, CAA (chair)
  • Richard Price, ORR slides
  • Cathryn Ross, Ofwat slides

The Future of Independent Regulation
A one day conference in London, on 26 April, examing the performance of independant regulatory agencies and assessing the factors that appear to have significant effects on regulatory conduct, in order to draw out implications for the future evolution of independent regulation.

Departments, regulators and regulated businesses: how stable can the domain of delegated, independent regulators be?

  • Laura Cartensen (chair)
  • Tim Tutton (slides)
  • John Penrose MP
  • Sir Ian Byatt (speech)

Cross-country experiences: what works and what doesn’t?

  • Stephen Littlechild (chair)
  • Professor Antonio Estache (slides)
  • Professor Fransesc Trillas (slides)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?: The institutional architecture of delegated regulation and its checks and Balances

  • Peter Freeman (chair)
  • Tom Sharpe QC
  • Dr Chris Decker (slides)
  • Regina Finn and Simon Less (speech)

Is it possible to serve more than one master?: regulatory issues when there are multiple supervisory mechanisms

  • George Yarrow (chair)
  • John Swift QC (paper)
  • Stephen Smith (slides)
  • Crispin Passmore (slides)


This conference was held in March 2010 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, in partnership with the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia. The event was sponsored by Hogan & Hartson, Lovells LLP and Oxera. Programme

Session 1

  • Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, UEA (chair>
  • Why competition? 250 years of learning and forgetting in political economy, Prof George Yarrow, RPI (slides)
  • Supervision of competitive and regulatory processes: the role of legal frameworks, Peter Freeman, Competition Commission (paper)

Session 2

  • Prof George Yarrow, RPI (chair)
  • Competition and consumer protection issues in retail energy markets, Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, UEA (slides)
  • The role of competition in telecoms and retail banking markets, Fod Barnes, Oxera, telecoms (slides) & Dr Helen Jenkins, Oxera, banking (slides)

Session 3

  • John Pheasant, Hogan & Hartson, Lovells LLP (chair)
  • US perspectives on the role of Antitrust policy: Competition policy in distressed industries, Prof Carl Shapiro, US. Dept. of Justice (paper)
  • The role of competition policy in the EU, Damien Neven, DG Competition, European Commission

Session 4

  • Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC UK competition law - 10 years onCentre for Competition Policy, UEA (chair>
  • The next decade: ensuring that competitive markets continue to deliver good outcomes for UK consumers and the economy, John Fingleton, Office of Fair Trading
  • UK competition law - 10 years on, Prof Sir John Vickers, Univerity of Oxford (slides)