Scots centres not 'cleared'

Recent coverage of the Director General of Fair Trading's decision to refer Scottish solicitors' property centres to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission indicated that the Restrictive Practices Court had 'cleared' the centres.

This is not the case. The court did not consider whether the restrictions in the agreements concerning the Aberdeen and Edinburgh centres were anti-competitive. The judge ruled the agreements were not registerable under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, and indicated that the provisions of the Fair Trading Act would not apply.

Hence the Director General's referral to the MMC.

Sue Jones

Chief press officer

Office of Fair Trading.