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United Kingdom



National Laws

The list below displays the national laws implementing the UCP directive.
To see the implementation of the UCP directive article by article go to "UCP Directive".
 
Name Adoption date In Force date Version
The Business Protection from Misleading Marketing (Amendment) Regulations 2013 23/10/2013 14/11/2013 EN
The Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1276) 08/05/2008 26/05/2008 EN
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 13/12/2013 13/06/2014 EN
The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1277) 08/05/2008 26/05/2008 EN




Enforcement System

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Cases

National ID Common name Subject Directive article Decision date Decision type
Wiltshire County Councils Trading Standards Department v. Jimmy Stockwell & Shane Stockwell (2008) Wiltshire County Councils Trading Standards Department v. Jimmy Stockwell & Shane Stockwell (2008) aggressive commercial practices Article 8 al1
Article 9 al1
08/07/2008 Court decision, first degree
[2008] EWHC 3129 (QB) Tiscali UK Ltd v. British Telecommunications Plc professional diligence Article 5 2.
16/12/2008 Court decision, first degree
[2009] EWCA Crim 1715 R v. Gilbertson (Lewis Thomas) anti-social behaviour Article 7 1.
18/06/2009 Court decision in appeal
[2009] EWHC 2386 McGuffick v. Royal Bank of Scotland Plc legal actions Article 5 2.
Article 5 4. (b)
Article 8 al1
06/10/2009 Court decision, first degree
[2011] EWHC 106 (Ch) OFT v Purely Creative Ltd prizes Article 5 1.
Article 6 1.
Article 7 1.
Annex I al2 31. -
02/02/2011 Court decision, first degree
[2011] EWHC 1237 (Ch) The OFT v Ashbourne Management Services & Others aggressive commercial practices Article 5 1.
Article 5 2.
Article 5 4. (a)
Article 7 1.
Article 8 al1
Article 14 3. al1 al1
Annex I al2 26.
27/05/2011 Court decision, first degree
[2011] EWHC 250 (Ch) Kingspan Group Plc v Rockwool Ltd comparative advertising Article 6 2. (a)
21/02/2011 Court decision, first degree
[2012] EWCA Crim 539 trader Article 2 (b)
Article 2 (d)
12/03/2012 Court decision in appeal
[2013] EWCA Crim 818 misleading commercial practices Article 5 2. (a)
Article 6 1.
Article 6 1. (b)
Article 6 1. (c)
Article 6 2.
Annex I al1 12.
23/05/2013 Court decision in appeal




Legal Literature

Reference Title Author Date
(2008) 158 NLJ 535 Consumer Power J. ROSS 2008
(2008) 172 JPN 355 BOGOF, Buzz and Viral Marketing and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations S. SINGLETON 2008
(2008) 32 CSR 2, 14 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading H. THORPE 2008
Adviser 2007, 123, 52-54 Unfair commercial practices S. MARKS 2007
Adviser 2008, 128, pages 49-53 Using the New Consumer Protection Regulations A. HADLEY 2008
Adviser, 2011, issue 147, page 34-36 Gym users flexing their muscles to escape unfair contract terms T. WILLIAMS 2011
Building, 27 June 2008, 59 The accidental criminal R. CHOAT 2008
C.I.P.A.J. 2008, 37(6), 336-339 New consumer and business protection regime B. MARK and N. O''SULLIVAN 2008
C.T.L.R. 2009, 15(3), 77-80 Legislative Comment - The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading regulation S. SINGLETON 2009
Comms. L. 2007, 12(6), 196-204 Unfair commercial practices- a new regime M. GRIFFITHS 2007
Comms. L. 2008, 13(4), 117-119 The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and IT/internet viral and buzz marketing issues S. SINGLETON 2008
Communications Law 201, vol 16, chapter 3, page 114-116 Preventing distribution of promotions to consumers involving unfair practices - OFT application for order under the Enterprise Act 2002: Office of Fair Trading v Purely Creative Ltd et al M. MORGAN-TAYLOR 2011
Cons. L. Today 2008, Apr, 8-12 The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations S. SINGLETON 2008
Cons. L. Today 2008, Jun, 1-2 New law on unfair trading practices N/A 2008
Cons. L. Today 2008, Jun, 8-12 The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and IT/internet - viral and buzz marketing issues N/A 2008
Cons. L. Today 2008, Oct 1 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations - the first victim N/A 2008
Consumer law today, 2011, July, page 1-2 Gym clubs and unfair terms Unknown 2011
Consumer Law Today, 2011, March, page 4 5 Action under the unfair trading regulations Unknown 2011
Consumer Law Today, March 2007 In Focus - Unfair Commercial Practices Directives update S. SINGLETON 2007
Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 2011, issue 21, May The causation shift: part 1 V. SMITH 2011
Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 2011, volume 175, chapter 22, page 322 344 The causation shift: part 2 V. SMITH 2011
Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 2013, 177 JPN 106 Case Law Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations - Part 1 R. LAWSON 2013
E Commerce Law and Policy, 2011, volume 13, issue 3, page 8 Opinion: the UK office of fair trading and twitter marketing T. HARDING 2011
E.C.L&P. 2008, 10(2), 7-9 Unfair Practices: Unfair Commercial Practices Directive: UK implementation P. DONALDSON 2008
E.C.L&P. 2008, 10(4), 6-7 UK: Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations P. DONALDSON 2008
Edinburgh Law Review, 2011, vol 15, chapter 3, page 448 452 Consumer redress for misleading and aggressive practices C. ERVINE 2011
Entertainment Law Review, 2011, vol 22, chapter 4, page 118 122 Office of Fair Trading v Purely Creative Ltd: the net tightens on exponents of sharp commercial practices O. BRAY and M. STARMER 2011
F&C.L. 2008, Oct 3-5 Briefing - Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 J. BUYERS 2008
Hart Publishing, 2007 The Regulation of Unfair Commercial Practices under EC Directive 2005/29 New Rules and New Techniques S. WEATHERILL and U. BERNITZ 2007
Intellectual Property Quarterly, 2012, volume 1, page 1 24 The emergent European law of unfair competition and its consumer law origins C. WADLOW 2012
IT L.T. 2008, Vol 16, Jun, 1-2 BOGOF, buzz email and viral marketing, and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations N/A 2008
IT Law Today, April 2011, page 5-6 Bait and switch - buying deal may have breached the law - iPhone sales Unknown 2011
J.B.L. 2009, 2 183-194 The end of an era - implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive in the United Kingdom: punctual criminal law gives way to a general criminal/civil law standard G. HOWELLS 2009
J.B.L. 2010, 7, 618-637 Unfair commercial practices and the future of the criminal law P. CARTWRIGHT 2010
Journal of Business Law, 2011, vol 2, page 194-207 Does the ban on pyramid promotional schemes challenge the business model of a typical direct selling company? P. DOBSON 2011
Justice of the Peace, 2008, vol 172, page 516-522 The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is Dead: Long Live The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Part 1 V. SMITH 2008
Justice of the Peace, 2008, vol 172, page 536-543 The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is Dead: Long Live The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Part 2 V. SMITH 2008
Justice of the Peace, 2008, vol 172, page 560-565 The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is Dead: Long Live The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Part 3 V. SMITH 2008
Legal Week 2008, 10(11), 21 Consumer Protection Goes Further N. JOHNSON and S. GROOM 2008
M.I.P. 2007, 172, pages 31-33 Time to stop the copycats J. NOBLE 2007
Not yet known CPRs: for better, for worse? A. COOPER 2012
P.L. & B.U.K.N. 2008, 37(Jun) 7-9 New consumer protection rules: big fines and jail for breaches A. DRESNER 2008
PLC, IT L.T. 2009, Feb, 1 Tiscali UK Limited v. British Telecommunications Plc S. SINGLETON 2009
Practical Law Company, 2011, vol 22, issue 6, page 53-54 Unfair commercial practices: OFT injunction Clifford Chance (law firm) 2011
Practical Law Company, legal archive, 21 July 2011 OFT investigates sale of government services online Unknown 2011
Practical Law Company, legal archive, 3 August 2011 Ofcom secures undertakings from international-calling-cards provider Unknown 2011
Practical Law Company, legal update archive, 4 August 2011 Court of Appeal refers questions to ECJ on interpretation of Unfair Commercial Practices Directive Unknown 2011
Quarterly Account, 2011, Summer, page 30-31 Consumer protection: unfair commercial practices - unfair contract terms R. ROSENBERG 2011
Solicitors Journal , 29 September 2009 On good terms R. DE LORENZO 2009
Solicitors Journal, 20 September 2011, page 14 Taking Credit B. NOTT 2011
Sports Law Administration and Practice, February 2012, February, page 14 16 Excluding liability - word of warning C. STONER 2012
Student Law Review, 2011, issue 64 (Autumn), page 11-12 Fit for a new term? J. TURNER 2011
T.W. 2007, 201, 14-15 Copycats get the cream C. LINDSAY 2007




Other materials

Title Emanating from
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading - Guidance on the UK Regulations (May 2008) implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive Office of Fair Trading
Misleading and aggressive commercial practices: a new private right for consumers - overview and frequently asked questions Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
OFT guidance for estate agents- compliance with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 - a consultation The Office of Fair Trading
OFT guidance on property sales, Compliance with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 Office of Fair Trading
Payment surcharges - response to the Which? super-complaint The Office of Fair Trading
Response to the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission consultation on consumer redress for misleading and aggressive practices The Office of Fair Trading
The Law Commission Consultation Paper No 199 and The Scottish Law Commission Discussion Paper No 149 Scottish Law Commission and English Law Commission