Archive for April, 2013

Protection from Unfair Selling Practices: The Law

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Protection from Unfair Selling Practices: The Law

Britain has, for years, had strong consumer protection laws and further protection for consumers from unfair selling practices was introduced in the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. The UK regulations, implementing the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, prohibit various unsavoury practices. These include high-pressure selling, unfair or misleading advertising and so on. It applies only to business dealings with consumers, not dealings with other businesses, and the unfair practices it prohibits include acts of omission as well as acts of commission. It bans acts which may ‘materially distort’ the behaviour of the average consumer or consumers in relation to a product or products. The definition of an ‘average consumer’ leaves much scope for future argument, as does the concept of what might materially distort one’s behaviour. However, a series of practices are specifically prohibited, including the following: running a promotion or ... Read more

How Divorce Works

More than one in three marriages in England and Wales ends in divorce. Where both parties to a marriage wish to divorce, the actual legal process involved is relatively straightforward. Where difficulties generally arise is over custody arrangements for children and over the division of the family assets. There is only one valid ground for divorce, which is that the marriage is considered by the court to have irretrievably broken down. If you think that there is a possibility that any marital problems you are having could be overcome, it is important to investigate this possibility first. The person who commences the divorce proceedings is referred to as the ‘petitioner’ and their spouse as the ‘respondent’. To satisfy the court that an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage has occurred, the petitioner has to establish one of five facts: 1. The respondent has ... Read more