Consumer Law

The law is there to protect people, and over the past few years and even decades it has taken a lot of new steps to protect the consumer. For even the most caring and honest businesses, however, there is one downside to this extensive portfolio of protections; the resulting laws are complicated.

This is mostly down to the sheer variety of issues that need to be covered, but not all areas of legislation apply to all businesses. Working out exactly where you stand, precisely which rules and regulations are applicable to you, and how to implement a reliable and ongoing scheme of compliance can all be very challenging. Many businesses find themselves in need of legal advice and assistance from consumer law solicitors, especially if they have allegedly failed to comply with the law and are facing legal action from consumers or regulatory bodies.

In particular, I offer my services as an experienced consumer law barrister in matters relating to:

  • Food Law: A lot of legislation goes into ensuring the proper preparation, packaging and sale of food. Some of this comes under the remit of the Trading Standards Institute, and some falls to other bodies such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Food law applies to businesses that serve food for on-site consumption, such as restaurants and cafés, as well as to shops that sell food for customers to eat elsewhere – though the two types of business obviously have different laws to contend with.
  • Trading Standards: A number of consumer rights and legal matters are protected and enforced by the Trading Standards institute. These include issues of labelling, refund and replacement rights, and a variety of customer disputes. A wide range of retail businesses and many service providers are subject to trading standards law, and the exact nature of the rules that apply to you depends on what you sell and on where and how you sell it. As a trading standards barrister, I can provide you with all of the advice and guidance that you need when facing potential trading standards issues.

Whether you just want advice on the exact legal obligations of your business or you need expert advocacy in the face of legal proceedings brought by Trading Standards officers, I can help. As a diverse and experienced barrister I am able to offer litigation and support similar to that of consumer law solicitors and I have a wealth of experience helping businesses with alleged breaches of trading standards and consumer law, having operated as a consumer law barrister for a number of years.

Operating as a Consumer Law Lawyer

As an experienced and fully-qualified consumer law barrister, I can provide high-quality, expert legal advice and assistance with a wide range of consumer law issues. If you are struggling with compliance, need advice on the legal position and obligations of your company, or are in need of a professional consumer law barrister to act as your defence advocate in legal proceedings, I will be more than happy to help.

For expert advice from trading standards lawyers and consumer law lawyers or for more information on how I can help your business with its own, specific situation, please contact my clerk and ask for Stuart Jessop on 0207 797 8408 or


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Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a landlord in a prosecution by the London Borough of Camden under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004, alleging that the property was a house in multiple occupation, requiring to be licensed under part 2 of the Act but which...

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I met Stuart when I was on the opposing side in a recent licensing appeal. Since that time Woods Whur have instructed him in matters, in the most recent of which he won and had costs awarded in our client's favour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Mr. P Whur, London

Mr Jessop is excellent at identifying the issue, asking relevant questions and setting out the way forward. He is friendly & approachable at all times and puts clients at ease. He elicits and analyses the evidence and advises clients clearly on the prospects of success. We recommend Mr Jessop to clients without hesitation.

Mr. G Hopkins, London

It’s not often you meet someone as tenacious as Mr Jessop. He is committed, efficient and persuasive and possess all of the qualities you could wish for from your lawyer. He is positive where others are negative, he shows dogged determination to deliver the right result for his client. I have no hesitation in recommending him - top class.

Mr. D Rogers, London

Stuart Jessop, counsel, has covered a number of difficult Licensing applications through Sanders Solicitors, including Hearings before Licensing Committees and Appeal Hearings in the Magistrates' Court. Clients have always been complementary of Mr. Jessop's advocacy and advice. He easily grasps the issues at hand and is readily forthcoming with advice on LW, Practice and Procedure.

Mr. C Turner, London

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