Royal Mail Fined £50 million for Breaking Competition Law

Dan Dowen, commercial solicitor at Berry Smith, provides an update on today’s breaking news.

Royal Mail has been found to have breached competition law and, as a result, fined £50 million. Ofcom’s investigation concluded that Royal Mail was abusing its dominant position by discriminating against its only major competitor in delivering business letters.

The fine relates to Royal Mail’s actions in 2014 when Whistl, at the time known as TNT, was trying to become Royal Mail’s first competitor in wholesale mail delivery.

Berry Smith shortlisted again for Property Law Firm of the Year

Berry Smith’s Commercial Property team has again been shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards which are being held on Thursday 28th June at Cardiff City Hall.

The Commercial Property team is led by partners Martin Pursall and Chris Jones plus consultant Roger Berry, all of whom are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories. The department has a total of 11 fee earners plus 5 support staff.

Dismissing employee over abusive Facebook post was ‘not unfair’

A company that sacked an employee who made abusive comments on Facebook and claimed he’d been drinking on duty had not acted unfairly.


That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Scottish Canals and one of its employees.


The issue arose after the employee posted comments that he had been drinking while on standby for flood alerts. He also posted abusive remarks about his supervisors. When questioned by the company, he said the comments were jokes and part of everyday banter.


How will new Bills in Queen’s Speech impact on businesses in Wales?

The Queen’s Speech outlined several Bills that could have an impact on the business sector in Wales, that is of interest to us as solicitors and our clients.


The government says the main theme behind most of its proposals is to strengthen the UK’s competitiveness and to create conditions that will enable companies to create more jobs.


These are some of the main proposals:


Enterprise Bill