The Legal Department operates under the supervision of Chairperson. Its functions and responsibilities include managing the legal affairs of the Competition Commission; providing, inter alia, legal advice and assistance to operational departments and, undertakings on matters/ and issues pertaining to the Competition Act 2010 (the ‘Act’);, and acting as a liaison with the Federal Government, regulatory authorities and other departments of the government. The Legal Department also represents the Competition Commission in court cases and drafts court pleadings on behalf of the Competition Commission. Exemptions filed by undertakings under Section 5 of the Act, are processed by the Legal Department and the necessary exemption certificates are issued after obtaining approval of the concerned Member. The Competition Commission is empowered under the Act to prescribe by-laws and consequently, the Legal Department also plays an active role in the drafting and vetting of such Rules and Regulation and any amendments in them, if and when required. Currently, it is working on formulating Guidelines and Regulations on various aspects of Competition Law, to keep abreast with new developments and findings in Competition Law in more mature jurisdictions; the Legal Department is constantly engaged in research and is also working to further the understanding and interpretation of the provisions of the Act.
Corporate Affairs Division (CAD)
Corporate Affairs Division (CAD) is responsible for provision of efficient support services to the entire Commission including matters relating to finance and accounts; development of human resources, appropriate recruitment, induction, and training of staff; administrative matters relating to the security of the Commission’s property, upkeep of the office premises and related managerial issues.
Basically focused on operational support, the CAD is divided into the following units:
- Administration Wing
- Human Resource Wing
- Accounts Wing and
- Finance Wing
Because of the multifarious duties assigned to this department, the services rendered by it have a significant impact on the working of the Commission.