In brief: Bar demands simpler Consumer Act

The Bar is calling on the Government to reform a section of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to end complications and confusion to consumers. The Bar's law reform committee says section 18 of the Act only benefits lawyers who have to draft lengthy documentation and should be repealed. Committee chair James Goudie QC says: “The aim of the Consumer Credit Act was to protect consumers, but section 18 has served to confuse and obscure information. As a result, the only people who have benefited are those lawyers who are employed to explain its Byzantine workings.”