£1.25m fine for Scottish & Southern Energy

The electric utility company Scottish & Southern Energy has been issued with a fine of £1.25million for intimidating members of the public on their doorsteps.

The penalty, which was imposed after the group was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court in Surrey, is believed to be the largest ever resulting from a Trading Standards case.

SSE was convicted of employing illegal sales tactics and deceiving people into switching energy providers after going to people’ homes without invitation.

Steve Playle, a Trading Standards investigations and enforcement manager, warned that any company found engaging in similar practices would be stopped and receive similar punishment.

Scottish & Southern Energy has now pledged to stop unsolicited door-to-door selling.

Business and competition law solicitors will have been keeping a close eye on the case, which could set a precedent for the future and lead to more companies thinking twice before using cold calling methods.

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