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The most common commercial contract disputes

Discover the most common commercial contract disputes.

08 September 2016

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What are the most common commercial contract disputes?

  • Non-payment of goods or services
  • Contracted goods or services below quality or different to that expected in the contract
  • Misrepresentation

Misrepresentation happens a lot more than you might think. Sometimes it is just a question of a misunderstanding between the contracted parties, but other times misrepresentation can give rise to disputes over commercial contracts.

What Does Misrepresentation Mean?

A simple example of misrepresentation in a commercial contract would be if you were to enter into a contract with a builder to build a house extension. The agreement specifies that certain materials will be used. However, if the builder were to then use different materials as the contract bears out this would constitute misrepresentation.

As a reason for you entering the contract with that specific builder was the agreed materials, you could then say to the builder “had I known that you were going to use different materials then I would have never entered into the contract with you in the first place.”

Even the best run businesses have disputes. It may be with suppliers, or with customers, your banks or advisers and sometimes with employees. If you have a commercial contract dispute you can contact the business dispute resolution solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK on freephone 0330 041 5869 or contact us online and we will call you.

All information was correct at the time of publication.

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