The Consumer Rights Bill

The Consumer Rights Bill is considered to be the centrepiece of the UK's consumer law reform.  It is intended to reform and consolidate much of consumer law in the UK, and is the most extensive consumer law reform in the UK in decades. It is expected to come into force in October 2015.

It is expected to amend the law relating to the rights of consumers and protection of their interests, to make provision about investigatory powers for enforcing the regulation of traders, to make provision about private actions in competition law, as well as providing enhanced remedies for consumers.

The House of Lords have recently returned the Bill to the House of Commons with amendments, and those amendments were considered on the floor of the Commons on Monday 12 January 2015.  The outcome of such considerations is still awaited.

For further updates on the legislative process, visit: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/consumerrights.html.