On 20 July 2021 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation, which proposes a number of potentially far-reaching changes to competition and consumer law and policy.

The proposed reforms set out in the consultation, Reforming Competition and Consumer Policy: Driving growth and delivering competitive markets that work for consumers (the Consultation), would change UK competition laws and introduce new consumer protection laws. The Government is also consulting on giving the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) the ability to directly enforce consumer protection rules in a similar manner to competition law.

Organisations and individuals are invited to respond to BEIS on the Consultation by 1 October 2021.

Read our latest alert to find out more.