5PB’s Consumer Law team acts for regulators, companies and individuals throughout England and Wales
We have expertise in a wide range of consumer law issues - rogue traders, penalty charges, products safety, and intellectual property. As well as prosecuting and defending criminal cases, our members appear in related civil proceedings. These include proceedings under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act, and cases before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
In addition to appearing in court, our members are frequently instructed on an advisory basis. We provide strategic and pre-charge advice to regulators, offering a “cradle-to-grave” service. We advise entities on improving their systems, and on demonstrating the exercise of due diligence in complying with regulatory requirements.
We are ranked as experts in Consumer Law in Chambers and Partners and in the Legal 500. Such is our reputation and expertise in this area that Miles Bennett and Denis Barry were invited by Chambers and Partners to write the first ever “Introduction” to their Consumer Law section.
The 2016 Legal 500 deemed 5PB a "go-to set" for consumer law and noted our "strong pool of experienced juniors".
Notable recent cases include Fox and Others, the first ever prosecution for pyramid schemes in the UK, instructed by the Office for Fair Trading (as it was at the outset of the case). The case involved 11 defendants and a £21 million scheme that originated in the South West. Members of the group were instructed to advise the Olympic Delivery Authority in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics on seizure powers and comparative advertising.
Other regulators our members have acted for and against include the Competition and Markets Authority, National Trading Standards, local trading standards departments across England and Wales, and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
Our members bring to both regulators and regulated bodies expertise in confiscation, restraint and asset forfeiture. Members of chambers have also been responsible for securing two of the largest ever confiscation orders on behalf of local authorities (R v Jones and R -v- Meniru).
We provide lectures and training seminars. We have for a number of years hosted sessions as the annual Trading Standards Conference.