The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Helen Simm of Browne Jacobson LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement and Impact of Brexit on enforcement under CRA 2015 below.
Prior to statutory reform in 2015, regulation and enforcement of consumer protection law was piecemeal, spanning some sixty discrete pieces of legislation which delegated enforcement powers to a number of public bodies to act as enforcers.
The government carried out a review of published reports by the Public Accounts Committee in November 2011, proposals made by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) in March 2012 and various public bodies’ responses and the disjointed regime was considered counterproductive to consumer protection. As a result, the government introduced reform in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA 2015).
CRA 2015, Pt 3 and Sch 5, Pt 1–Sch 6 introduced a consolidated generic set of investigatory powers to be applied across the catalogue of consumer protection legislation. The rules relating to enforcement took effect from 1 October 2015.
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