Trading Standards is an area of the law regulated by Local Authority Trading Standards Departments and the Office of Fair Trading. Matters which are dealt with under the guise of Trading Standards include:
- Weights & Measures
- Fair Trading
- Trades Descriptions
- Misleading Advertisements
- Product Safety
- Underage Sales
- Animal Health
New regulations have now come into force that harmonise consumer protection laws across the European Union. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 are known as the CPRs and replace a significant amount of existing legislation including the price marking element of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and most of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968. These new regulations have been described as "Trade Descriptions ++" as they replicate and expand previous controls to cover both goods and services and allow enforcement agencies to take action against non-compliant traders in both the criminal and civil courts.
If you have received any notification of investigation, or regulatory interest, contact us as soon as possible. We have experience and expertise in trading standards matters and can assist and advise you on the minutiae of their jurisdiction and procedures. Where necessary, we can also assist in proceedings in relation to suggested breaches of relevant legislation.
Please call us on 01252 617119 to find out how we can assist you.