UK government publishes draft Consumer Rights Bill including proposed reforms to private actions in competition law

The UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published its proposals for the reform of private actions in competition law. On 12 June 2013, BIS published a draft Consumer Rights Bill for consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny. The draft bill contains provisions that would implement the government’s proposals, including the introduction of an opt-out collective (or ‘class’) actions regime.

For a number of years, the UK government has expressed its commitment to reform UK consumer legislation. The draft bill introduces a number of significant changes to existing legislation and includes several provisions designed to facilitate private actions in competition…

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