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Disputes relating to the quality of goods are a major part of the civil and commercial team’s work. Whether the client requires advice regarding the right to reject or representation in cases seeking damages for defective goods, chambers is able to offer assistance at all levels of seniority.
The breadth of chambers experience is illustrated by the many and varied types of the cases it does in this area including, for example, cases concerning the satisfactory quality of farming machinery, recreational vehicles, bespoke machine tools used in connection with industrial processes, defective works carried out at industrial premises, substandard product supplied for the food industry and allegedly defective hose product supplied in connection with air conditioning units for rail vehicles.
Recent work in this area has also focused on the mis-selling of financial products and services, including PPI and mis-selling of mortgages. Many members of the team do significant amounts of work which relate to matters which fall within the consumer credit regime. Examples include cases involving arguments as to unfair relationships contrary to the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 in respect of ‘sub prime’ loan agreements. Such work is complementary to the work that chambers does in the regulatory sphere, touching upon cases where issues of market abuse and other potential infringements of the legislative requirements arise.