Contractual disputes and breach of contract typically arise when a party does not comply with the terms of a contract or does not perform their side of its obligations under a contract. This may mean a claim for breach of contract. Our lawyers for contract disputes can help you with advice on what to do on contract disputes cases.
If you find yourself dealing with a client or supplier who has breached a contract, we know it can be frustrating, unfortunately it could also result in a financial loss for you and have a negative impact on your business.
To resolve commercial contract disputes, you'll need to prove that there was an enforceable contract there in the first place.
What Is a breach of contract?
A contract is formed between parties when there are goods or services being supplied. The contract will outline these goods or services and the payment for these. A breach of contract is simply when one party does not keep to the agreed terms of an agreement.
A breach could happen by not providing the goods or service outlined at all or supplying them late, late payment or non-payment of the fees agreed in the contract.
You will need to show that the contract has been breached and that you suffered a loss as a result. Proving this might be difficult especially if it was a verbal contract as there is no written evidence of what was agreed. Whilst this is difficult, it may not be impossible and it’s best to speak to a solicitor to understand your chances of success.
Contract disputes examples include Commercial Leases, Sale of Goods Contracts, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Consumer Contract Disputes, Company Contracts and Material Breach.
How to resolve contract disputes
Common ways contract disputes are resolved are either through litigation in the civil courts or through alternative dispute resolution including:
- Settlement negotiations
Because of the complexity and different stages when looking at a breach of contract, we can discuss options with you about your matter so we can help give you an idea of the chances of a successful breach of contract claim. We can then go on to outline all your options with you, so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.
Our contract dispute solicitors will take the time to understand your circumstances and see the bigger picture of how best to approach the contract dispute. This approach means we can be useful in helping you to maintain important relationships and to protect your reputation by options we can suggest to you.
Our advice is always that the best way to deal with disputes is to prevent them happening in the first place. You can work with our commercial contract lawyers who can draft robust agreements for your business that reduce the risk of future disputes and manage the outcome if disputes do arise. They can also review any other of your existing contracts and advise on redrafting your contracts to add protection against disputes to prepare for any risks involved with each, helping you mitigate possible problems down the line.
If you would like more information about how we can help your business if you have a contract dispute, please contact a member of our Dispute Resolution team on 01904 624185.