1260/3/3/16 British Telecommunications v Office of Communications (BCMR)

British Telecommunications v Office of Communications (BCMR)

Case number:

1260/3/3/16 Registered: 28/6/2016

Status:

Summary of appeal published on 7 July 2016. On 22 July 2016 the President made an order extending the deadline for Ofcom to serve its defence until further order.

Mr Justice Snowden chaired a Case Management Conference (“CMC”) for Cases 1259/3/3/16 (“TalkTalk’s Appeal”), 1260/3/3/16 (“BT’s Appeal”) and 1261/3/3/16 (“CityFibre’s Appeal”) on 29 September 2016. At the CMC Mr Justice Snowden made an Order setting down further directions for the three appeals. Mr Justice Snowden also made two further Orders establishing a confidentiality ring for TalkTalk’s Appeal (the “Case 1259 Confidentiality Ring”) and a separate confidentiality ring for BT and CityFibre’s Appeals (the “Cases 1260-1261 Confidentiality Ring”). At the CMC Mr Justice Snowden also gave a ruling refusing Vtesse Harlow Limited permission to intervene in TalkTalk’s Appeal ([2016] CAT 17) and a further ruling on the terms of the confidentiality rings in all three appeals ([2016] CAT 18).

On 10 November 2016 Mr Justice Snowden made an Order granting the Appellant permission to amend its Notice of Appeal.

A second CMC for BT and CityFibre’s Appeals took place on 23 January 2017 at which the Chairman made an Order setting down further directions to the hearing.

A pre-trial review took place on 29 March 2017. Mr Justice Snowden made an Order granting various applications to adduce further evidence.

The hearing took place in 16 sitting days between 10 April 2017 and 24 May 2017. On 26 July 2017 the Tribunal handed down a short ruling setting out its findings ([2017] CAT 17). The full reasons for the Tribunal’s decision are pending.

Diary events for this case:

  • There are currently no forthcoming diary events for this case.
  • 29 Sep 2016 | 10am - Case management conference
  • 23 Jan 2017 | 10:30am - Case management conference
  • 29 Mar 2017 | 10.30am - CMC (Pre-trial review)
  • 10 Apr 2017 | 2pm (time estimate of 6 weeks) - Hearing
  • 24 May 2017 | 3.00pm - Hearing
  • 26 Jul 2017 | 11:00 am - Handing down of Ruling (Market definition issues)