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Senior Lecturer in Law, Editor of the Competition Law Review
Angus’ research interests lie primarily in Competition Law, particularly antitrust and enforcement issues. He also has a wider interest in EU Law, Regulation, White Collar Crime, and Intellectual Property.
Angus has co-written, with Barry Rodger, the book Competition Law and Policy in the EC and the UK. This book is now in its fourth edition. The book ‘[l]ooks at how competition law affects business, including: co-ordinated actions; pricing behaviour; take-overs and mergers; and state subsidies. It provides a clear guide to and outline of the general policies behind, and the main provisions of EC and UK competition law. Information is presented within a structured framework, complete with a glossary of useful terminology’ (amazon.co.uk book description). The book, in each of its various editions, has been very well received:
'This latest edition of Competition Law and Policy in the EC and UK provides a very useful starting-point for anyone, whether student or practitioner, who is seeking to understand and work through the procedural and enforcement aspects of European and UK competition law matters, as well as the policy considerations that have shaped, and are continuing to shape, the development of competition law in those jurisdictions.'
'This book is principally for competition law students as a course textbook but will also be useful for those involved in competition law in practice ... It is thorough, searching and well-researched with good footnotes and references for further reading. It would be a useful edition to library shelves of many a commercial lawyer.'
‘It is a welcome addition to our book shelves ... students will benefit from its freshness and approachability as well as from its incorporation of the major recent changes in law.'
Angus has also co-authored Cases and Materials on UK and EC Competition Law which is in its second edition. ‘Cases and Materials on UK and EC Competition Law is designed to help the reader make sense of this fast-developing and often complex area of law. By providing readers with a broad range of materials relating to both UK and EC competition law, prominent cases and materials are collected in one place making this an invaluable resource for students. Useful notes and questions help to check progress and reinforce understanding and expanded further reading points students towards useful websites, books, and articles. Including hard-to-find primary sources as well as extracts from cases, statutes, and academic sources, and supported by penetrating commentary and insightful notes, the second edition of Cases and Materials on UK & EC Competition Law is a vital tool for anyone serious about developing a grasp of this increasingly significant subject’ (amazon.co.uk book description).
In addition, Angus has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on this area of his research. The complete list can be found on Angus' research profile.
Improved public understanding:
Following the UK government’s announcement on Friday 23rd March that they intended to introduce a minimum price-per-unit for all alcohol sold in the UK, there were claims in the press that minimum pricing would be contrary to EU law. Angus analysed this claim and posted, on the EUtopialaw.com blog, his view that such a challenge was unlikely to be successful. That post was subsequently picked up by The Guardian.
Impacts on practitioners and professional services:
Angus presented 'National Criminalisation of International Cartels' at the Conference on Legal Education and Globalisation, School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China on 19th September 2009. This conference was attended by judges and government officials from various sectors as well as representatives from major law firms in Beijing.
Engagement with the legal profession:
The arguments that Angus made in his article 'The Cartel Offence: Defining an Appropriate ‘Moral Space’', European Competition Journal, (2012) 8 (1). pp. 73-93, were adopted by the City of London Law Society, Competition Committee, in their 2012 submission to the Standing Parliamentary Committee examining the provisions of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012.
Debate has been stimulated:
Angus wrote an article on The British Boxing Board of Control for the eutopialaw website.
Angus wrote an article on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for legalcheek.com.
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