The law protects your consumer rights when you buy goods or services. Find out who to contact for consumer protection advice.

You can get help if you’re treated unfairly or when things go wrong. This includes:

  • credit and store cards
  • faulty goods
  • counterfeit goods
  • poor service
  • problems with contracts
  • problems with builders
  • rogue traders

Citizens Advice can give you advice about your consumer rights. They can also refer your complaint to local Trading Standards officers who will then investigate on your behalf.

Citizens Advice
0345 404 0506
0345 404 0505 (Welsh language)
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You can also get information about complaints, refunds and repairs from Which?

Complain to an ombudsman

An ombudsman is a person who investigates complaints about organisations for free. You can use an ombudsman to resolve a complaint without going to court.

There are different ombudsmen for different industries.

You can use the Ombudsman Association to find the right ombudsman for your complaint.

You can also use Ombudsman Services to complain about:

  • communications (eg phones and internet)
  • energy (eg gas and electricity)
  • property (eg estate agents and surveyors)
  • copyright licensing

Money advice

You can get free, independent help from the Money Advice Service about anything to do with money, eg managing debt.

Northern Ireland

Contact ConsumerLine for advice about consumer law, making a complaint and avoiding scams.

Buying from another EU country

Contact the UK European Consumer Centre for help with problems buying from another EU country.