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Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

By Tom Swindells - 18 Sep 2017

With the new Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 coming into force on 1 September now is the perfect time to review your business contracts.

The new Act has the aim of modernising and consolidating the laws which relate to contracts and commercial transactions. The CCLA replaces and repeals 11 commercial statutes including the Contractual Remedies Act 1979, the Sale of Goods Act 1908, the Contractual Mistakes Act 1977 and the Contracts (Privity) Act 1982.

It is a revision Act, so apart from very minor amendments which are intended to reflect Parliament's intention or deal with inconsistency it does not make any changes to previous legislation. Instead, what the CCLA does is set out in one place various statutory provisions that will be relevant to business owners in relation to their contracts, in particular concerning the way they sell goods and supply services.

If you own, operate or manage a business, the practical consequence of the CCLA is that you should ensure that your contracts with customers, including your standard form terms and conditions, are drafted in accordance with the law as set out in the CCLA. Your contracts should also all now refer to the CCLA rather than any of the repealed Acts.

Don't hesitate! If you would like to discuss the CCLA or your contracts with customers and/or clients generally, contact one of our Commercial team who will be happy to discuss this with you.


Tom Swindells

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