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The Consumer Rights Bill 2022: “Buyer Beware” or “Trader Beware”?

Director Factsheets

This Factsheet is Courtesy of McCann FitzGerald LLP

The Consumer Rights Bill 2022 will bring about a number of positive changes for consumers. The Bill will strengthen consumer rights, protections and remedies in a range of key areas. However, for every enhanced right of a consumer there will be a more onerous obligation on a trader.

The Consumer Rights Bill will not merely consolidate, but will also significantly enhance and modernise, many consumer protection laws and will align them more closely with rules applying across the EU. Consumer protections will be extended to digital goods and services so that consumers are protected when they use cloud-based services or buy downloadable or streamed goods and services, such as games, films, music and software.