The term “unfair commercial practices” is used to refer to a number of criminal offences created by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, including a general prohibition against business activities that are not professionally diligent and materially distort, or are likely to materially distort, the economic behaviour of the average consumer. If you or your business are being investigated for such a complaint, you should seek the advice of a leading business crime solicitor, like Jim Meyer, who specialises in defending those who are being investigated by a local authority’s Trading Standards Services (“TSS”).
👉 You want to achieve the best possible result 👈
- Avoid any enforcement action altogether
- Avoid damaging court proceedings
- Avoid criminal conviction
- Mitigate sentence
Assembling the right legal team to advise and actively defend you will be one of the most important actions that you take.
Jim Meyer will do all that he can to ensure the best possible outcome.
- Gathering evidence;
- Attending an interview under caution;
- Providing written statements;
- Representing you at Court; and
- Protecting the future of your business following an investigation or prosecution by the regulator.
- There are statutory defences that can be deployed;
- There are time limits that the prosecuting authority needs to observe.
The bottom line is that you need to manage the risk of TSS scrutiny by engaging expert legal advice; even if it is simply to limit the damage of an adverse finding, there are things that can be done.
Relevant case law in relation to unfair commercial practices