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(p. 444) 14. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts 

(p. 444) 14. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts
(p. 444) 14. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts

Ewan McKendrick

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date: 24 June 2021

This chapter focuses on Part 2 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The Act gives to the courts much broader powers to regulate terms in contracts which have been concluded between traders and consumers. Section 2 examines the individual sections of Part 2 of the Act and the leading cases decided under the Regulations which preceded the Act. Particular attention is given to key concepts such as ‘significant imbalance’, ‘good faith’, the exclusion of certain terms from assessment for fairness, the indicative and non-exhaustive list of terms that may be regarded as unfair, and the role of regulators in the enforcement of the legislation. Section 3 draws on work done by Professor Susan Bright in relation to the role of the Unfair Contract Terms Unit in the early days of the enforcement of the legislation.

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