UK: the Groceries Code Adjudicator issues guidance on appeals

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) was set up in June 2013 to ensure that large retailers with a turnover of more than £1bn comply with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. This statutory body has significant powers and responsibilities, including the power to conduct investigations into the retailers’ compliance with the code and to follow up those investigations with recommendations or financial penalties. The GCA can also arbitrate between retailers and their suppliers in disputes relating to the code.

The GCA has already published statutory guidance in relation to how it will exercise its investigatory and enforcement powers, and it has now issued some additional guidance to address questions about appealing against its decisions. Although the GCA has not yet opened any investigations, it is worth being aware of the options available, should an investigation arise and the retailer or the supplier is not satisfied with its outcome.

The following types of decisions of the GCA can be challenged by way of a judicial review…

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