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Chance to comment on plans to protect consumers from unfair contract terms
[29 July 2012] Some traders hide the true cost of a contract in the small print, leaving consumers with unexpected charges or lengthy contracts they no longer want and causing more honest traders to lose out. The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission are consulting on proposals to protect consumers from unfair terms hidden in small print.
Law Commissioner David Hertzell said: ‘We know that the majority of consumers do not read contracts thoroughly before signing. They tend to focus on what appears to be the cost, expecting traders to make their money from the ticket price and not from charges that emerge later. We believe that it should be made clear to consumers what they are committing themselves to before they sign.’
The Law Commission, an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, invites comments on the proposals, which can be downloaded from: