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School pupils consider the misery caused by fake designer goods

School pupils have been investigating the impact of fake designer goods as part of an education programme supported by Liverpool Solicitors Canter Levin & Berg.

Counterfeit products cause major problems in the UK. Figures show that international criminal gangs smuggle millions of fake items including clothes, cigarettes, electrical devices and even medicines into the UK every year.


Poorly made goods tend to disappoint but the consequences can even be fatal. Toxic chemicals in unregulated tobacco, unsafe electrical devices and bogus medication can all result in death.  Of course, there is also a huge cost to the UK business sector with around £1.5 billion in lost trade every year – not the best news when unemployment is at such high levels, particularly for young people.


Pupils in primary and secondary schools across Liverpool have been considering whether those cheap DVDs, handbags and trainers are really worth the loss of jobs, criminal violence and heartache that can be traced to the gangs who make millions from peddling fake goods.


The topic is the focus of this week's 'news lesson' sent to schools across the UK by the Schools Law & Citizenship Web, an imaginative scheme which brings teachers and lawyers together to introduce young people to the legal system and other important matters of citizenship.


Like all Schools Law Web materials, this week's worksheets were produced by practising classroom teachers with the aim of encouraging young people to grow into responsible, active citizens.


Here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors we are strong supporters of the initiative and are pleased that young people in the Liverpool area and beyond are being encouraged to examine important legal issues such as the impact of counterfeit goods, and so gain an understanding of the true cost of a cheap pair of fake designer sunglasses.


Anyone who wishes to view the weekly news lessons distributed to schools can do so by following this link:


Schools Law Web News Lessons


Further information is available from the Project Director, Patrick Gaffney.


Liverpool Solicitors and legal services


Canter Levin and Berg are Liverpool Solicitors based in the city centre. As well as our work in the community, with projects such as the Schools Law Web, our solicitors have helped thousands of Liverpool residents with their legal issues. Whether you are after a road accident solicitor or a Liverpool personal injury lawyer, the Canter Levin and Berg team can help.


For legal advice from our Liverpool Solicitors on a legal issue that is affecting you call now on 0151 239 1000.