On 2 December 2009 the government published a consultation on the Role and Powers of the Consumer Advocate, the new "consumer champion" that the government announced in its Consumer White Paper in July 2009. It is proposed that the Consumer Advocate will have the power, as a last resort, to bring collective actions to obtain compensation on behalf of consumers who have suffered losses as a result of a breach of consumer protection law. The proposal is relatively restricted, compared to both the CJC proposals and the measures proposed in the recent Financial Services Bill. Click here for our briefing dated 30 November 2009 on collective action reform in the financial services sector.