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Next steps for digital competition in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 25th April 2024


This conference will examine the future for digital competition in the UK. It is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers as the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill reaches its final stages in Parliament.


Delegates will examine latest developments and key issues for implementation of the new proposed digital markets regime in the UK, including implications for the competitive landscape and impact on businesses, their customers and partners, and wider digital competition.


It will be an opportunity to consider latest amendments being debated, such as potential changes to trader obligations and consumer protection and rights, processes for SMS designation and pro-competition interventions, and standards applied to penalty decision appeals.


The agenda examines next steps for implementation of new measures, including responsibilities and regulatory powers granted to the DMU.


Delegates will look forward to what the new competition landscape means for non-SMS and SMS entities, priorities for stakeholder engagement, and implications for innovation and investment in the UK. They will also assess opportunities to support growth and market diversity in the digital economy as well as options for regulatory agility going forward and alternative approaches to promoting competition.


Further sessions focus on priorities for consumer protection following the government consultation on improving transparency and product information, as well as what will be needed to identify and protect against potentially unfair practices going forward.


The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on opportunities for innovation and promoting confidence, investment and growth in the UK digital economy, including the use of AI in consumer-facing applications and to support tackling bad practice.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Tim Cowen, Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co; Kelli Fairbrother, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, xigxag; Dr Nicola Mazzarotto, Global Head of Economics, KPMG; David Mendes da Costa, Principal Policy Manager, Consumer Policy, Citizens Advice; and Matthew Sinclair, Senior Director, UK, Computer and Communications Industry Association.


Sessions in the agenda include:

  • policy: latest legislative and political developments - priorities for the regulation of the UK’s digital markets
  • potential impact: SMS-designated entities - non-SMS enterprises - the wider business community - digital markets and the UK digital economy - innovation and investment in the UK
  • consumer protection: key outstanding issues - scope and implementation of new measures - trader responsibilities - public information and engagement - further regulatory options going forward
  • innovation and growth: navigating the new regulatory landscape - promoting market competition and confidence - attracting investment - opportunities for AI - regulatory agility going forward
  • implementation: next steps for a pro-competition regime in the UK and digital markets

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the CMA; Ofcom; DBT; DSIT; DLUHC; DESNZ; HMRC; and HM Treasury; as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



Keynote Speakers

Matthew Sinclair

Senior Director, UK, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Kelli Fairbrother

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, xigxag

Dr Nicola Mazzarotto

Global Head of Economics, KPMG

Tim Cowen

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co

David Mendes da Costa

Principal Policy Manager, Consumer Policy, Citizens Advice

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nicola Mazzarotto

Global Head of Economics, KPMG

David Mendes da Costa

Principal Policy Manager, Consumer Policy, Citizens Advice

Tim Cowen

Chair, Antitrust Practice, Preiskel & Co

Matthew Sinclair

Senior Director, UK, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Kelli Fairbrother

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, xigxag

Speakers

David Dorrell

Head of Data Science, Frontier Economics

Sarah Long

Partner, Euclid Law