5PB’s Consumer Law and Practice group has for many years provided an outstanding service to: National enforcers, local authorities, Major PLC, businesses and individuals. The group’s specialist areas include Consumer fraud, trading standards, product safety, pricing, consumer credit, copyright and trade mark theft to name but a few.
5PB is one of only 3 London sets ranked for consumer law in Chambers and Partners. 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 the Consumer Law section in the current edition.
The 2016 Legal 500 deemed 5PB a "go-to set" for consumer law and noted our "strong pool of experienced juniors".
Both 5PB and individuals within the practice group are ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and amongst other accolades the group has been praised for its “teamwork ethic”. Our expertise at all levels of call in providing advice and representation both in criminal consumer law cases and civil Enterprise Act Orders.
Because of our reputation we are instructed in cases throughout England and Wales, and with our predominately criminal background bring considerable tactical awareness to all cases. Members are regularly instructed at the beginning of major investigations either for the prosecution or defence and aim to provide a “cradle to grave service”
Notable recent cases include R v Fox and others, the first ever prosecution for pyramid schemes in the UK, instructed by the OFT/CMA. 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 ODA in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics on seizure powers and comparative advertising.
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).
Members of the group provide in-house training to local authorities on new legislation, and regularly advise major PLC’s on improving their systems and "due diligence” and regularly provide informative and entertaining seminars on all aspects of consumer law including the now legendary “How (NOT) to lose a perfectly good case.