A Momentous High Court decision

16 January 2015, the day when a momentous High Court decision was handed down against PhonepayPlus, the premium-rate telephone service regulator, in a judicial review brought by providers established in Germany. The decision made uncomfortable reading for the regulator as it found they had restricted the claimant’s freedom to provide services and had acted disproportionately and unfairly in invoking their emergency procedure without giving advance notice to the claimant. The decision resonated strongly with many industry providers who have for many years claimed that PhonepayPlus operate unfairly and with a lack of transparency.

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