Consumer Protection in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Stevenson and Another v Rogers
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 08 Diciembre 1998

    As to the proper construction of s.14(2), given the clear view which I have formed, I do not consider it right to displace that construction simply to achieve harmony with a decision upon the meaning of s.12 of the UCTA 1977. S.14(2) as amended by SG(IT)A 1973 was itself a piece of consumer protection intended to afford wider protection to a buyer than that provided in the 1893 Act.

  • Tesco Supermarkets Ltd v Nattrass
    • House of Lords
    • 31 Marzo 1971

    Consumer protection, which is the purpose of statutes of this kind, is achieved only if the occurrence of the prohibited acts or omissions is prevented. It is the deterrent effect of penal provisions which protects the consumer from the loss he would sustain if the offence were committed. If it is committed he does not receive the amount of any fine. As a taxpayer he will bear part of the expense of maintaining a convicted offender in prison.

    But this rational and moral justification does not extend to penalizing an employer or principal who has done everything that he can reasonably be expected to do by supervision or inspection, by improvement of his business methods or by exhorting those whom he may be expected to control or influence, to prevent the commission of the offence (see Lim Chin Aik v. The Queen [1963] A.C. 160, 174; Sweet v. Parsley [1970] A.C. 132, 163).

  • R v Warwickshire County Council ex parte Johnson
    • House of Lords
    • 10 Diciembre 1992

  • Davies v Sumner
    • House of Lords
    • 15 Noviembre 1984

  • D & F Estates Ltd v Church Commissioners for England
    • House of Lords
    • 14 Julio 1988

    If the same principle applies in the field of real property to the liability of the builder of a permanent structure which is dangerously defective, that liability can only arise if the defect remains hidden until the defective structure causes personal injury or damage to property other than the structure itself.

  • National Westminster Bank Plc v Morgan
    • House of Lords
    • 07 Marzo 1985

    The doctrine of undue influence has been sufficiently developed not to need the support of a principle which by its formulation in the language of the law of contract is not appropriate to cover transactions of gift where there is no bargain. The fact of an unequal bargain will, of course, be a relevant feature in some cases of undue influence. I doubt whether the courts should assume the burden of formulating further restrictions.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Gaps and Challenges in the Enforcement Framework for Consumer Protection in Ethiopia
    • No. 9-1, January 2015
    • Mizan Law Review
    • Tessema Elias
    • Tessema Elias (LL.B; LL.M in Business Law); Lecturer-in-Law (Faculty of Law, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia); LLM Student in Maritime Law at University of Oslo, Norway; Former Attorney and Consultant at Law. Earlier versions of some themes that are included in this article in their revised and expanded form were presented at Hawassa ...
    • 83-107
    The effectiveness of consumer protection in a market economy is, inter alia, determined by the quality of the enforcement framework of competition law and consumer protection law. Despite Ethiopia’...
  • Product Safety and Consumer Protection
    • No. 58-2, March 1995
    • The Modern Law Review
  • Consumer Protection and the Trade Practices Act 1974–1975 (CTH)
    • No. 6-2, June 1975
    • Federal Law Review
    While State legislatures have responded, to some extent, to pressure for greater legal protection of consumers, consumer protection had never been an area of legislative activity on a national leve...
  • Green claims, green washing and consumer protection in the European Union
    • No. 30-1, January 2023
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 0000
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to offer some reflection on the importance of reliable green claims to encourage sustainable production. The role of market is fundamental. Businesses and cons...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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  • Mortgage pre-action protocol checklist
    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service court and tribunal forms
    County Court forms including the N1 money claim form.
    ... ... prevention support, or ... • mortgage payment protection ... If Yes, please explain why possession proceedings are continuing ... and other secured loans regulated under the ... Consumer Credit Act 1974 on residential property; and ... (iii) unregulated ... ...
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