Consumer Rights Bill receives royal assent

27 March

The long-debated Consumer Rights Bill received royal assent yesterday (26th March 2015). A copy of the Act is available here: Consumer Rights Act 2015. The Act follows lengthy consultation on an overhaul of the civil law relating to consumer remedies for defective goods and services and also addresses digital content, unfair contract terms and enforcement […]

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Radical Increase in Sentencing Powers for Magistrates

27 March

Businesses and individuals summarily convicted of certain offences now face unlimited fines, since the previous statutory maximum of £5,000 has been lifted. Read article here.

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Secret Commission judgment ‘McWilliam v Norton’

11 March

The Court of Appeal today handed down its long-awaited decision in McWilliam v Norton Finance. The appeal concerned the non-disclosure of commission received by a broker (Norton) in the context of arranging finance and PPI for Mr and Mrs McWilliam. The Court of Appeal found that the broker owed the borrowers a fiduciary duty (even […]

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Draft Unfair Contract Terms Guidance

09 March

The Competition & Markets Authority has published Draft Unfair Contract Terms Guidance for consultation here. This is guidance on the unfair terms provisions in the proposed Consumer Rights Act. The consultation period ends on 30th March 2015.

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