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42 J. Consumer Pol'y 1 (2019)

handle is hein.journals/jrncpy42 and id is 1 raw text is: Journal of Consumer Policy (2019) 42:1-2
https://doi.org/1 0.1007/s10603-019-9405-8
Geoffrey Woodroffe (Born December 1934, Died July 2018)
Published online: 6 February 2019
C Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019
We regret to report the passing of one of the former editors of the Journal of Consumer Policy,
Geoffrey Woodroffe. Though not a founding editor, Geoffrey's term of service covered well
over a decade of the life of the journal, and his expertise in the development of consumer law
helped establish the journal as a primary outlet for innovative research in this area. His service
to the journal could not have come at a more opportune time as the journal began its transition
from a new, relatively young journal into its now well established stature as a center for
research on consumer protection and the role that legal entities and the law play in securing the
consumer interest within free-market systems. Moreover, because of his outstanding reputation
as a scholar and practitioner, especially in the United Kingdom (UK), his presence on the
editorial team brought increased awareness of the Journal of Consumer Policy.
Professor Geoffrey Woodroffe was a graduate in classics and law from St John's College in
Cambridge. After receiving his degree, he first became a solicitor working with a large firm.
He then became principal of the College of Law in Chester and then director of the Centre for
Consumer and Commercial Law Research at Brunel University. Geoffrey's interests were
focused both within and outside academic life. He had the rare and unusual ability to combine
scholarship with effective practice in the field. This intersection of law and application defined
his extremely productive and effective career.
One can tell a lot about a person's passions by what they choose to do to expand on their
primary university responsibilities. With Geoffrey, it was no mystery. He cared deeply and was
dedicated to understanding how consumers fared in the marketplace and then to do something
about it when needed. Understanding that consumers were particularly vulnerable when
planning funerals, it is perfectly logical that Geoffrey became the funeral ombudsman and
was responsible for helping solve disputes between funeral homes and consumers. Although
the ombudsman was abolished, Geoffrey continued to work in this sphere as a council member
of the Cremation Society of Great Britain. He also served as the director of the National
Consumer Council and was one of the nine members of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the
Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Geoffrey's impact spanned many industries from the
aforementioned funeral industry to banking and financial markets. He chaired the Lending
Code Group, which generated an annual report documenting consumer complaints as well as
firm compliance with the Finance and Leasing Association's Lending Code.
In the UK, in particular, Geoffrey is probably best known among scholars and students for
Woodroffe and Lowe on Consumer Law and Practice, the book he first co-authored with
Robert Lowe back in 1979, and of which he had been sole author since its seventh edition. The
10th edition was published in 2016, and with retirement on Geoffrey's mind, he fell back on

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