Enforcement of Trading Standards

A council can have a wide range of enforcement procedures against unlawful or unfair trade in the business world. The severity of the enforcement issued by the council is dependent on the severity and malice of the illegal trade action. Various enforcement powers a council may use include:

  • A written warning to a person in breach of the law
  • Prosecution
  • An enforcement order
  • Issuing advice to party in the wrong explaining that they are in breach

The enforcement procedure is given to the council to ensure that they have a certain degree of power under law to protect both the economy and general public from illegal trade. Not all illegal trade is done with malice or intention and the council is able to sympathise that consumers may be unaware of the laws surrounding trade. Thus, not all enforcement actions are to combat illegal activity but to also inform ignorant yet innocent parties that their activities are against the law.