0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

Online auction fixer faces £50k fine

14 May 2010

Paul Barrett, the first person convicted in the UK of making sham bids on eBay, could be fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to 10 charges under consumer protection laws.

Barrett, a 39 year old minibus driver from County Durham, had engaged in “shill bidding” – the online practice of using a different username to bid on your own auctions.

In pleading guilty Mr Barrett said that he had not realised that bidding on his own items was a criminal offence.

Mr Barrett is due to be sentenced at Bradford County Court on 21 May where he faces fines up to a maximum of £5,000 for each of the 10 offences.

This will no doubt act as a strong deterrent to other unscrupulous traders and should provide some consolation to those who have paid over the odds.

Related opinions

Schools face scrutiny over Covid-19 vaccinations for children

On 4 June, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

View blog

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: update

When CIGA came into force over a year ago it turned the insolvency world on its head. It introduced never-before-seen measures to help companies deal with the immediate impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to provide new corporate restructuring tools to try to help companies survive and prosper.

View blog

School not liable for reckless actions of a student

The decision reinforces that the standard of the duty of care owed by schools is one or reasonableness.

View blog

Avoiding grade challenges on ‘unconscious bias’

A system based on teacher assessed grades, rather than external exams, was inevitably going to give rise to speculation about bias and objectivity in teacher assessment and grading decisions. Schools can prepare now for these kinds of challenges by ensuring that they have clear written evidence readily available.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up