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Helen McDowell interprets the consolidated Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013

1 July 2014

Hopefully, we are all confident that our firms are compliant with UK laws and regulations. We have anti-money laundering procedures in place and are well on the way to understanding outcomes-focused regulation. The Law Society recently issued a practice note to inform us of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 which came into force, rather appropriately, on Friday 13 June.

The regulations are not new but are a consolidation of previous rules, though I suspect the contents will be news to many. They are difficult to unravel and apply to some areas of solicitors’ practice, yet the consequences of making mistakes could be severe.

I have looked at the regulations from the perspective of a criminal solicitor attending a client under arrest. Under the regulations, we have to wo...

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