When two parties agree that one of them will do something for the other, a contract arises. With larger businesses, those contracts will always be recorded in writing, sometimes with competing standard forms, giving rise to arguments as to whose terms apply, “the battle of the forms”.
Sometimes, only key terms (job, price and time scale) will be recorded in writing, perhaps in an exchange of emails. Sometimes, with smaller businesses and particularly with contracts made between individuals, there may be no written terms at all. Clearly, resolving disputes arising will throw up different issues in different circumstances. With thirty years experience, we have dealt with most variables.
At other times, the dispute is not with an external third party, but is internal. The directors and the shareholders in a limited company, or the partners in a partnership or firm, fall into disagreement. With limited companies, there will always be Articles of Association and perhaps a shareholder’s agreement; with partnerships, there should be a partnership agreement, but often there is none and the partners have to rely upon the 1890 Partnership Act when looking to resolve their dispute. We have dealt with these too.
Once a potential dispute arises, take early advice as to your legal position, rights, obligations and procedural options before trying any self-help methods, such as walking off site, holding up deliveries, raising contra invoices of dubious contractual merit and so on. Of course, try to resolve matters, but, if that fails, then that is the time to take legal advice.
We work closely with a range of specialist barristers, as these disputes are often highly technical and specialist input, at an early stage, can assist in their resolution.
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