English contract law is predominately governed by the common law, or case law, of England and Wales. Certain contracts are also subject to a statutory framework comprising of UK legislation, international conventions and European law.

Our solicitors have a wealth of experience advising individuals and businesses on contractual terms, rights and obligations and the general interpretation of contracts across a range of industries and sectors. We advise clients on the practical effect of legal documentation, supporting informed decision making and effectively managing risk and financial exposure.

Our experience

  • General Contract Advice
    • The use of standard terms and conditions in Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) contracts, including:
      • Effective incorporation of standard terms;
      • The effect of pre-contractual representations and how to avoid incorporation into the contract; and
      • Boilerplate provisions in standard terms and conditions.
    • Implied terms in contracts for the sale and supply of goods and services.
    • The effect of relevant legislation and regulations on Business to Business and Business to Consumer contracts for the sale and supply of goods and services.
    • Methods of excluding liability and controls on exclusion clauses, including:
      • Totally excluding or limiting liability in commercial contracts; and
      • Exclusion or limitation of remedies for breach of contract.
    • The meaning and effect of warranties and indemnities
  • Business to Consumer contracts
    • General considerations for suppliers of goods and/or services
    • Statutory requirements for online contracts with consumers
    • Pre-contract information requirements in respect of on-premises / off-premises consumer contracts and distance contracts
    • Rights of a consumer to cancel and/or terminate a contract
    • Transparency, prominence and fairness of terms in a contract with consumers
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution in consumer contracts
  • Termination
    • Termination for breach of contract
    • Repudiatory breach of contract
    • Alternatives to Termination
    • Rescission
    • Affirmation
    • Statutory requirements for notice
    • Contractual powers to terminate
    • Common contractual termination rights
    • Common law rights to terminate
    • Acceptance of repudiation
    • Anticipatory repudiation
  • Third party rights
    • The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
    • Privity of contract
    • Third party’s remedies for breach of contract
    • Variation and rescission
    • Defences and cross-claims against third party claims
    • Statutory exceptions to privity
    • Collateral contracts
    • Ways to impose contractual obligations on third parties
    • Conditions
    • Subcontracts
    • Novation
    • Agency