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Three reasons to remember 1 October 2015 1 October 2015

Here are three reasons to remember today, 1 October 2015:

1.  Consumer Protection

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force today, replacing the Sale of Goods Act, the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations and the Supply of Goods and Services Act (the Which? website contains some useful commentary on the new provisions).  This is a significant change that gives consumers new rights, although it inevitably creates more complexity.

By way of example, have a look at Schedule 2 to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional Provisions, Savings and Consequential Amendments) Order 2015.  In 134 terse paragraphs, it sets out “Amendments consequential to the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Consumer Rights Act 2015”, which affect 50 or 60 (I lost count) sets of regulations, starting with the Crystal Glass (Descriptions) Regulations 1973 and ending with the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.  A masterpiece, without question.

2.  Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard

When the regulations to implement the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard were introduced shortly before the general election earlier this year, the start date of 1 April 2018 seemed to be comfortably far away in the future.

As at 1 October 2015, it is exactly 2½ years away.  That’s beginning to feel uncomfortably close.

Incidentally, here are details of a talk I will be giving in London on the regulations on Monday 12 October for the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association.  Tickets are still available, and both members and non-members will be welcome.

3.  My final blog article

Many readers will already be aware that I have recently taken up a new role as a professional support lawyer in the Real Estate Group at Shoosmiths.  It is therefore no longer appropriate for me to continue writing blog articles on this website, so this will be the final one.  I am sure that I will be writing occasional articles for the Shoosmiths website.

Thank you to all my readers of this blog for your ideas, questions, support and encouragement.

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