Consultation outcome

Late payment: challenging 'grossly unfair' terms and practices - discussion paper

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We will continue to engage with stakeholders to refine how this policy could be best implemented. We intend to publish and consult on draft regulations and a corresponding consultation stage impact assessment later this year.

See the related consultation.

Feedback received

Challenging grossly unfair terms and practices: summary of responses

Detail of feedback received

We received 39 written responses from:

  • public (1)
  • small businesses (4)
  • large businesses (7)
  • organisations (27)

Original consultation


We're asking for views on giving bodies power to challenge grossly unfair contractual terms and practices, and on defining 'grossly unfair'.

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Consultation description

We want to know your views on how to provide business representative bodies with wider powers to challenge ‘grossly unfair’ contractual terms and practices. This is set out in the 2011 EU Late Payment Directive.

We’re also asking for views on how, or whether, we should better define ‘grossly unfair’ in relation to late payments.

We welcome comments from across industry, particularly from business representative bodies and small businesses.


Published 3 February 2015
Last updated 18 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added the summary of responses for the 'Challenging grossly unfair payment terms and practices' consultation.
  2. First published.