Rough copy – conned by counterfeit goods
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News / Legal Topics

Rough copy – conned by counterfeit goods

At the start of National Consumer week and with Christmas  around the corner, The Alan Titchmarsh Show consumer ‘Dream Team’ turned its attention to the multi-billion pound industry in counterfeit goods.  We take a look at how you can avoid being caught out and how to seek redress if you are. Fake Ugg boots, copycat … Continue reading

Another fine mess: parking tickets and your right to appeal
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Another fine mess: parking tickets and your right to appeal

Since the first parking meter was installed in 1958, parking charges have caused outrage, distress and – on occasion – violent outbreaks to many.  Last year, a parking ticket was issued every four seconds, totalling 8million tickets in 12 months. Even though the most common Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) can only be issued by local … Continue reading

Total recall: safety concerns and dangerous products
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News / Legal Topics

Total recall: safety concerns and dangerous products

Every year in the UK, 400 products are recalled but only 10-20% are ever returned.  Product recalls are often made about safety concerns where the goods in their present state may pose a danger to the user.  By law, manufacturers must take all reasonable steps to inform consumers when a product is recalled, but there is … Continue reading

Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News

Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle

Approximately two million adults in the UK have taken out a pay day loan in the past year and demand continues to rocket, providing lenders with headline making profits.  The amount of money being borrowed by cash-strapped workers is reported to have tripled over the last 18 months to an average of £660. Pay day loans aren’t illegal. … Continue reading

Cold calling – Britain starts fighting back
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News / Legal Topics

Cold calling – Britain starts fighting back

In my first weekly appearance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show I joined journalist Fiona Foster to discuss the growing problem of cold calling, especially for the elderly and vulnerable (view below).  New research Which? suggests that in June this year, an estimated 700million nuisance calls were received by people in the UK.  Calls range from live … Continue reading