Professor Margaret Bloom
Centre of European Law
Margaret Bloom is a Visiting Professor at King’s and a Senior Consultant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She was Director of Competition Enforcement at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for six years until summer 2003, responsible for the successful implementation of the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002. Margaret read economics at the University of Cambridge.
Margaret is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Money Advice Trust, which is a charity concerned with provision of free debt advice, and an Independent Member of the LINK Standing Committee on Consumer Issues relating to the LINK ATM Network.
Prior to joining the OFT Margaret worked in the Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry on privatisation, competition policy and public sector finance. She worked in the private sector as an economist before joining the Civil Service.
Margaret was a Vice Chair of the OECD Competition Committee for six years to summer 2003. In May 2003, she was presented with a US Department of Justice plaque for “Outstanding Contributions to Effective International Antitrust Cooperation and the Fight Against International Cartels.” In June 2003 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her work at the OFT.
Margaret’s main research interests are in UK and EU competition law and US antitrust law.
Selection of publications
Bloom, M., and Howard, A., (Consultant Eds.), UK Competition Procedure, by Elizabeth O’Neill and Emma Sanders, OUP, 2007.
Despite its great success, the EC leniency program faces great challenges, presented at the 11th EUI Competition Law and Policy Workshop, June 2006, forthcoming in Ehlermann, C.-D. and Atanasiu, I., (eds), European Competition Law Annual 2006: enforcement of prohibition of cartels, (2007) Hart Publishing
The US and EU move towards substantial antitrust convergence on consumer welfare based enforcement, Antitrust (American Bar Association, Journal of Antitrust Section) Summer 2005
Should foreign purchasers have access to US antitrust damages remedies? A post Empagran perspective from Europe, New York University Annual Survey of American Law , Vol 61, Issue 3, 2005
The Great Reformer: Mario Monti’s legacy in Article 81 and cartel policy, Competition Policy International, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2005
Key challenges in enforcing the Competition Act 1998, Competition Law Journal, Issue 2 2003, Jordan Publishing Ltd
Lecture series and teaching
Margaret chairs a series of public lunchtime lectures from eminent members of the competition community.
Margaret also supervises competition law and economics related research for MPhil/Ph.D. students.