Following on from our previous article STOP PRESS – OFT FINES SLASHED! , the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) has now handed down all of the judgments in the appeals against the OFT’s decision regarding bid-rigging in the construction industry.
In the latest set of decisions the Tribunal has again made substantial reductions to the fines imposed. It has also overturned some of the fines entirely in cases where both liability and the amount of the penalty were challenged.
The table below summarises the final results.
|Company name||Penalty imposed by OFT and appealed||Penalty imposed by CAT following appeal||% of original penalty|
|Kier Group plc and Kier Regional Limited||£17,894,438||£1,700,000||9.5%|
|Ballast Nedam N.V||£8,333,116||£534,375||6.4%|
|Bowmer and Kirkland Limited and B&K Property Services Limited||£7,574,736||£1,524,000||20.1%|
|Corringway Conclusions plc||£769,592||£119,344||15.5%|
|Thomas Vale Holdings Limited and Thomas Vale Construction Limited||£1,020,473||£171,000||16.8%|
|John Sisk & Son Limited and Sicon Limited||£6,191,627||£356,250||5.8%|
|GF Tomlinson Building Limited and GF Tomlinson Group Limited||£1,269,270||£468,000||36.9%|
|Apollo Property Services Group Limited||£2,150,536||£399,000||18.6%|
|Sol Construction Limited and Barkbury Limited||£3,337,640||£702,000||21%|
|Galliford Try plc||£8,333,329||£1,395,000||16.7%|
|Interclass Holdings Limited and Interclass plc||£464,406||£324,000||69.8%|
|G&J Seddon Limited and Seddon Group Limited||£1,516,646||£492,000||32.4%|
|Durkan Holdings Limited, Durkan Limited and Durkan Pudelek Limited (now Concentra Limited)||£6,720,551||£2,436,000||36.2%|
|Francis Construction Limited and Barrett Estate Services Limited||£530,238||£169,575||32%|
|GAJ Construction Limited and GAJ Holdings Limited||£109,683||£42,750||39%|
|Allenbuild Limited and Renew Holdings plc||£3,547,931||£926,250||26.1%|
|Robert Woodhead Limited and Robert Woodhead Holdings Limited||£411,595||£151,725||36.9%|
|Hobson and Porter Limited||£547,507||£123,750||22.7%|
|Quarmby Construction Company Limited and St James Securities Holdings Limited||£881,749||£213,750||24.2%|
|ISG Pearce Limited and Crest Nicholson plc||£5,188,846||£950,000||18.3%|
|JH Hallam (R+J) Limited and JH Hallam (Contracts) Limited||£359,588||£99,000||27.5%|
|GMI Construction Holdings plc and GMI Construction Group plc*||£1,752,584||£0* (successful challenge on liability in respect of both infringements)||0%|
|North Midland Construction plc*||£1,543,813||£300,000* (successful challenge on liability in respect of one of two infringements)||19.4%|
|AH Willis & Sons Limited*||£120,018||£0* (successful challenge on liability in respect of 3 infringements)||0%|
* successful appeal against liability and penalty
The Tribunal extended the time for appealing the decisions until one month after the last of the judgments was handed down. Time therefore started running on 27 April 2011 and it remains to be seen whether the OFT will appeal to the Court of Appeal. After the first six decisions were handed down the OFT released a press release which stated:
“The OFT will consider this judgment in detail, alongside those in the 19 other construction cases yet to be determined, and will consider whether it should appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Financial penalties play a key role in deterring the companies involved, and other businesses, from breaching competition law. The OFT will consider whether the judgment has any implications for its practices and policies for ensuring a high level of compliance with competition law in the future.”
So for the time being, watch this space…
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