Shepherd and Wedderburn advises John Lewis in CMA sports-bra pricing investigation

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s competition team, led by John Schmidt, has advised high-street retailer John Lewis in an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into allegations that the price of sports bras was pushed up by a lingerie maker and three department stores.

After deciding there were no grounds for action, the CMA said it would drop the case, which centred on agreements between France-based DB Apparel whose brands include Shock Absorber and Wonderbra and high-street retailers John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser.

This result has been celebrated by the Shepherd and Wedderburn team, which is shortlisted for Competition Team of the Year by The Lawyer Awards 2014.