On 3 July 2020, the High Court handed down its judgment on an application by the CMA under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. The CMA’s application, which sought the disqualification of a former director of a residential estate agent that was fined for breaking competition law, is the first application by the CMA of its kind. The CMA had found in 2017 that six estate agents in Somerset, with an estimated combined market share of up to 95%, had agreed to fix a minimum commission rate of 1.5% for residential estate agency services. While not involved in the day-to-day sales, Mr Martin was aware of the cartel arrangement and took no steps to prevent or end the breach of competition law. As Mr Martin had declined to offer formal undertakings, the CMA issued court proceedings against him in 2019. The High Court issued a disqualification order prohibiting Mr Martin from being involved in the management of a company for seven years.