11 Oct, 2011

Bar Council warns that European sales law is double whammy of increased costs and less certainty


The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the dangers of adopting a European Sales Law, the latest legislative proposal by the European Commission which would introduce a second contract law into the laws of all Member States.


The Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, announced the proposal earlier today. The Bar Council continues to challenge the evidential need and legal base for such a measure.


Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Bar (pictured), said: “Consumer organisations have consistently voiced their reservations, and small businesses face many other, more important, challenges. Different contract laws are not a high-priority issue for the vast majority of SMEs, particularly in the present economic climate.


“What we can be certain of is that the European Sales Law will increase costs for all and lead to less certainty in law; a double whammy which is in nobody’s interests. We shall continue to make that case, both domestically and in Europe.”

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