Key consumer legislation—summary
Key consumer legislation—summary

The following Commercial practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Key consumer legislation—summary
  • Brexit
  • Core legislation
  • Advertising
  • Data protection
  • E-commerce
  • Product liability and safety
  • Provision of services
  • Civil enforcement and consumer disputes
  • Miscellaneous

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Commercial?

Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 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. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources and Brexit toolkit.

This Practice Note sets out a brief description of the key consumer legislation that businesses dealing with consumers should be aware of. It considers the core legislation relevant when trading or contracting with consumers and other key legislation relevant to the business-to-consumer relationship in the context of advertising, data protection, e-commerce, product liability and safety, the provision of services, and civil enforcement and consumer disputes, as well as other legislation which benefits consumers.

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