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Legal powers

This section explains some of the powers that enable the OFT to carry out its aim of making markets work better for consumers and gives a guide to businesses on how they can comply with particular legislation.

Our powers and how we use them
Relevant legislation
The OFT has many different powers that enable it to carry out its aim of making markets work better for consumers.
We carry out consultations on topics across the whole range of our work. More information on individual consultations can be found in this section, along with the information you need to submit your response.
An introduction to the investigation and prosecution of a number of criminal offences.
An introduction to the OFT's mergers work.
Guidelines for policy makers
Competition assessment guidance for policy makers carrying out Regulatory Impact Assessments.
Consumer credit
Active and completed work carried out by the OFT relating to consumer credit, including investigations and work on credit and consumer credit licences.
An introduction to the OFT's work against cartels.
Public registers
Register of Orders and undertakings under the Fair Trading Act
The Register publishes current orders made and undertakings given under the monopoly and mergers provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973.
OFT decisions
An introduction to the different types of decisions made by the OFT.
Competition Act investigations - completed
Information on Competition Act investigations, decisions, consultations and case closure summaries.
Published undertakings and court actions
The result of an investigation under consumer legislation may be an undertaking given by the trader, or a court order (or other action) which has been imposed. This page provides information about the published undertakings and court actions.
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