UK - BIS: Calls for Evidence on Consumer Terms and Conditions The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued calls for evidence on terms and conditions in consumer contracts. BIS is seeking evidence from consumers and businesses alike. In November 2015 it was announced by the government that they wished to strengthen rules and prevent exploitative terms and conditions. This was in a policy paper. March 2016 has seen BIS publish a questionnaire in order to gain evidence from businesses and consumers as to how they use terms and how these can be made clearer and more accessible. There are many areas addressed, with some examples being whether a requirement to make terms "succinct, bold and upfront" should be made into a general requirement. Another example is whether tick boxes should always mean "I want/agree to this service"; currently tick boxes are a mixture of things, with some meaning "Yes, I agree" and others meaning "No, I don't agree". This could be confusing for consumers. The consultation closes on 25 April 2016 and can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Nathan Akhavan-Moossavi.