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Next steps for digital competition policy and regulation in the UK

Morning, Friday, 14th January 2022

This conference will discuss next steps for digital competition policy and regulation in the UK, with a particular focus on policy priorities, its implementation and prospects, and the implications for businesses, innovation, and consumer choice.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Cora Govett, Deputy Director, Digital Markets and Tech Policy, DCMS; Will Hayter, Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority; and Louise Sheridan, Deputy Director, CDEI - as well as contributions from Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition, EMEA, Google; and Tim Cowen, Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co.

Building from the Furman Review, the conference takes place against the backdrop of a range of significant policy developments, including:

  • the now closed consultation on the Government’s proposals for a pro-competition regime for digital markets
  • The Penrose Report - outlining options for promoting competition in the UK, with a focus on consumer protection
  • the Government’s overall Plan for Digital Regulation, aimed at governing digital technologies and creating a streamlined regulatory landscape

Discussion will focus on:

  • the proposed role, remit, and powers of the Digital Markets Unit
  • striking a balance between robust regulation and facilitating innovation
  • policy priorities for encouraging dynamism in big tech companies
  • developing a fair and transparent code of conduct for firms with Strategic Market Status
  • ensuring market intervention promotes competition and priorities for facilitating new market entrants

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CMA; DCMS; the EU Delegation to the UK; the Food Standards Agency; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; HM Treasury; the Home Office; the ICO; the National Crime Agency; Ofcom; the UK Health Security Agency; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

Keynote Speaker

Will Hayter

Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority

Keynote Speakers

Cora Govett

Deputy Director, Digital Markets, Digital and Tech Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Will Hayter

Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority

Louise Sheridan

Deputy Director, CDEI


Tim Cowen

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co

Angelique Bret

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Selina Chadha

Director of Connectivity, Ofcom

Raegan MacDonald

Director of Global Public Policy, Mozilla

Neil Ross

Head of Policy, techUK

Oliver Bethell

Head of Competition, EMEA, Google

Rocio Concha Galguera

Director, Policy and Advocacy, and Chief Economist, Which?

Ali Shah

Head of Technology, Information Commissioner’s Office

Dr Nicola Mazzarotto

Partner, Global Head of Economics, KPMG

Caroline Thomas

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Kate Collyer

Chief Economist, FCA