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Principal Case Officer

Summary Information for vacancy - reference OFT826


Office of Fair Trading




Greater London, London

Closing Date

19 April 2010

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 7


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Legal Services

Brief Description

The Mergers Group currently comprises about 30 staff, of whom 10 are economists, and the majority of the remainder are case officers of varying seniority, many of whom are legally qualified. You will typically be working on two or three cases/projects at any one time. For UK merger cases, this will involve having primary day-to-day responsibility for the successful delivery of the case within a tight statutory timetable (see Main Responsibilities/Key Duties below). In cases where significant competition issues may arise, you (together with the case economist) will present your findings for discussion at a Case Review Meeting involving senior staff from across the OFT. This will then inform the final decision (normally taken by the Chief Executive or a Senior Director) as to whether or not to refer the case to the Competition Commission. You will have primary responsibility in the drafting of the OFT's final decision on a case.

Vacancy description

• Investigating mergers notified to the OFT, (possibly) supervising and managing as appropriate one SEO Case Officer and their casework and any of the Team’s cases being dealt with by other case officers;
• Making sound decisions about legal or economic analysis – whether to recommend clearance or call for further investigation. Chairing case specific information gathering meetings with the parties and/or third parties;
• Making sound judgement calls on cases raising complex competition issues and presenting own cases at formal Case Review Meetings, Decision meetings and, in reference cases, before the Competition Commission case team;
• Negotiating undertakings in lieu of reference with merging parties;
• Liaising with interested third parties;
• Liaising closely with other authorities including DG Competition, European Commission, national competition authorities and UK regulators;
• Evaluating EC cases, given the OFT's role as competent authority, and, where relevant, liaising and/or organising the necessary input, and, where appropriate, attending meetings (e.g. Member State Advisory Committee meetings) in Brussels;
• Responding to and/or advising on enquiries, complaints and requests for advice under UK and EC competition law.
As appropriate:
• Assisting in defending decisions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal;
• Advising and commenting on the Competition Commission’s proposed remedies on a case;
• Providing advice on casework and competition law and economics to other staff, assisting in providing formal training to Branch staff;
• Assisting with the work of other Branches including participation in site visits; undertaking speaking engagements, and selection interviewing.

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

Applications to: Please submit a completed application form, and send to:, or Recruitment, Level 7C clearly stating the reference number and job title.

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