Our lawyers are experienced in advising both commercial and individual clients on numerous contractual issues.
The laws in the UK which govern the contractual relationships between parties have developed over hundreds of years and there are also a large number of statutes which regulate the contractual relationships. For example, when buying or selling goods consumers of those goods are entitled, under The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended), that those goods are of satisfactory quality, "fit for purpose", "as described" and have no major defects.
In addition, businesses which supply services need to comply with other legislation including Supply of Goods & Services Act 1982. This Act requires that work is undertaken to the standard and price agreed and done to a reasonable standard and reasonable cost within a reasonable period. What is ‘reasonable' will depend upon many circumstances, although it is often open to interpretation!
The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1994 provide protection to consumers to unfair and unreasonable terms in contracts in which they entered. Rutherfords provide advice both to draft contracts and also to consumers affected by those contract terms, both on how to pursue claims and also how to defend claims.
This is only a small sample of the regulations which may apply. Rutherfords strongly advise you to obtain early advice (preferably before you enter into a binding contractual arrangement) so that we have the best opportunity to assist you.