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Consumer Rights Act 2015

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Power to require the production of documents

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27(1)The officer may, at any reasonable time—

(a)require a trader occupying the premises, or a person on the premises acting on behalf of such a trader, to produce any documents relating to the trader’s business to which the trader has access, and

(b)take copies of, or of any entry in, any such document.

(2)The power in sub-paragraph (1) is available regardless of whether—

(a)the purpose for which the documents are required relates to the trader or some other person, or

(b)the proceedings referred to in paragraph 19(3)(b) or 20(4)(b) could be taken against the trader or some other person.

(3)That power includes power to require the person to give an explanation of the documents.

(4)Where a document required to be produced under sub-paragraph (1) contains information recorded electronically, the power in that sub-paragraph includes power to require the production of a copy of the document in a form in which it can easily be taken away and in which it is visible and legible.

(5)This paragraph does not permit an officer to require a person to create a document other than as described in sub-paragraph (4).

(6)This paragraph does not permit an officer to require a person to produce any document which the person would be entitled to refuse to produce—

(a)in proceedings in the High Court on the grounds of legal professional privilege, or

(b)in proceedings in the Court of Session on the grounds of confidentiality of communications.

(7)In sub-paragraph (6) “communications” means—

(a)communications between a professional legal adviser and the adviser’s client, or

(b)communications made in connection with or in contemplation of legal proceedings or for the purposes of those proceedings.

(8)In this paragraph “trader” has the same meaning as in Part 1 of this Act.

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