Fully updated for the second edition, the author considers new developments including:
the new authorisation process under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, including the interim permission regime, and its consequences; the new regime for financial promotions as applied to credit and hire advertising; the new rules controlling high cost short term lending and peer to peer lending; the new provisions of the recently released Consumer Credit Sourcebook (CONC); the new requirements governing mortgage lending as contained in MCOB; the requirements for distance selling and off-premises contracts as applied to consumer credit and consumer hire including the impact of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013; the jurisdiction of the financial ombudsman service on consumer credit. Also considered is the recent case law on the powerful unfair relationships jurisdiction.
This comprehensive and practical guide is essential reading for legal practitioners, finance houses, credit reference agencies and retail organisations.
The volume presents a range of peer-reviewed scholarly articles, analytical in approach and focusing on specific areas of consumer law such as sales, credit and safety, as well as more general issues, such as consumer law theory. The book also includes a section dedicated to significant developments during the period covered, such as key legislative developments or important court decisions.
The book provides an essential resource for all those, academic and practitioner, working in the areas of consumer law and policy.
Margaret Jane Radin examines attempts to justify the use of boilerplate provisions by claiming either that recipients freely consent to them or that economic efficiency demands them, and she finds these justifications wanting. She argues, moreover, that our courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies have fallen short in their evaluation and oversight of the use of boilerplate clauses. To improve legal evaluation of boilerplate, Radin offers a new analytical framework, one that takes into account the nature of the rights affected, the quality of the recipient's consent, and the extent of the use of these terms. Radin goes on to offer possibilities for new methods of boilerplate evaluation and control, among them the bold suggestion that tort law rather than contract law provides a preferable analysis for some boilerplate schemes. She concludes by discussing positive steps that NGOs, legislators, regulators, courts, and scholars could take to bring about better practices.
Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl Schneider put the regulatory problem in human terms. Most people find disclosures complex, obscure, and dull. Most people make choices by stripping information away, not layering it on. Most people find they can safely ignore most disclosures and that they lack the literacy to analyze them anyway. And so many disclosures are mandated that nobody could heed them all. Nor can all this be changed by simpler forms in plainer English, since complex things cannot be made simple by better writing. Furthermore, disclosure is a lawmakers' panacea, so they keep issuing new mandates and expanding old ones, often instead of taking on the hard work of writing regulations with bite.
Timely and provocative, More Than You Wanted to Know takes on the form of regulation we encounter daily and asks why we must encounter it at all.