As many of you already know, the UK’s largest rolled lead sheet suppliers have been investigated for operating a cartel and on 27 March 2019 the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) issued a provisional finding that they have broken the law. The companies affected are Associated Lead Mills, Jamestown Metals, BLM British Lead and Calder Industrial Materials. Once the companies have had the opportunity to respond, the CMA will decide whether to confirm its decision and fine them and, if so, how much.
The CMA alleges that they colluded on prices and allocated customers between themselves. Typically, this behaviour results in higher customer prices.
For contractors who have overpaid, any final decision by the CMA can be used to claim compensation. This may run into hundreds of millions of pounds in this case. If the CMA issues a final confirmatory decision, CORC will be supporting such action. The CMA encourages affected parties to bring these claims, and CORC is advancing contractor interests by teaming-up with specialists for that purpose. CORC will be in contact with you again after the CMA has published its final decision. For the time being contractors can register their interest and access additional information at: