Crucial Crackdown On Cold-Call Bosses

A recent report in the Law Society Gazette outlined proposals which if fully implemented could mean bosses of companies who 'cold-call' people will be rendered personally liable for fines of up to half a million pounds.

These proposals will be welcomed by many of those who have been targeted by such nuisance calls, and are then left frustrated that companies often avoid paying these fines simply by declaring bankruptcy.

In May 2018, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) revealed that it had recovered just 54% of the £17.8 million in fines it had issued for nuisance calls since 2010.

The proposals do not call for a blanket ban on cold calling; instead seeking to deter those who deliberately set out to disturb people with troublesome texts, calls, and emails.

Commenting on the matter, Steve Green, Partner at Fosters Solicitors, said "these proposals are welcome news to anyone who has been targeted by such unwanted calls; only time will tell how effective they might be once put in to practice and it will be interesting to see how willing the Courts are to impose personal liability on the owners and senior managers of the companies concerned".