Breach of Contract:
We all enter into contracts every day, though you may be unaware that you are doing so. Every time you buy something in a shop or online, or every time you agree to do something for a fee you are entering into a contract. Normally these contracts work out fine, or if there is a problem it’s quickly and easily resolved.
However, when a contract is entered into there are commitments made on both sides, and when the contract relates to something of value or importance then should one party or the other fail to complete their side of the contract then it is considered a breach and the other party may have a right to sue or take other action.
It is possible to be in breach of a contract by not doing the work you agreed to do; by missing a deadline or by simply saying that you are going to do one of these things.
On the other side of the equation, you can be in breach if you fail to pay for work done; fail to make agreed stage payments or in some other manner make it impossible or impractical for the other party to complete their part of the bargain.
If a breach of contract goes to court and is upheld, the amount of settlement can be large, so it is important for that reason alone, if not for any other that you only enter into a contract if you have every reason to expect to be able to complete the work contracted on time, or to pay for work being done.
If you think you may be the victim of a breach of contract then you have the right to seek damages. However, in order to do this you will generally have to prove that you have lost, or will lose money or some other benefit as a result of the breach. This can be difficult and may require that you take legal advice from a professional.
A word of caution: If you wish to enter into a contract with another party for any reason it will serve you very well to get professional legal advice, as a contract that is not written specifically to cover the circumstances of the job or task may fail to provide you with the safeguards you need. While it may be tempting to go online and download a ‘one-size-fits-all’ template of a contract, this may well go against you in the event that something goes wrong at any point during the term of the contract.
At Khan McKenzie Solicitors we pride ourselves on the professionalism of our service when drawing up contracts for any purpose. If you think you may need to make a formal agreement with someone regarding a job or task then our offices in Wolverhampton and Birmingham are at your disposal.
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