Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in September

Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in September

Autumn has arrived and, alas, we are only weeks away from the clocks going back (boo!).

It must be time for Comet's monthly update for September.

So before to crack on with your day's work, here are our top 5 commercial law developments for September:

Consumer law: Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015.

This legislation represents the biggest change to consumer law in a generation and seeks to consolidate and modernise UK consumer rights law. It replaces familiar legislation such as the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999, and in relation to consumer contracts, the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (except for the odd technical provision) and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.

The Act is split into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 deals with consumer contracts for goods
  • Part 2 covers unfair terms, and
  • Part 3 contains miscellaneous and general provisions.

Whilst the Act seeks to consolidate consumer legislation, significant changes have been made. For example, the remedies available to consumers in respect of faulty goods, digital content and services have been extended. The Act also widens the scope of liability for newly implied terms.

Businesses will need to revisit their product terms and other communications in light of the new legislation.

Advertising and marketing: CAP issues guidance on use of recommend retail prices

The Committee on Advertising Practice (CAP) has issued updated guidance on the use of recommended retail prices (RRPs) in advertising.

It is common to

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