Katie Briggs Read the Small Print

Read the Small Print

I have most recently received a lot of enquiries in relation to terminating contracts that have been entered into and the costs involved for any termination.

Most people do not read the small print when agreeing to advertising, estate agent agreements or even terms and conditions. By taking simply 5 minutes to read through the terms you could be saving yourself hundreds of pounds in legal costs further down the line – particularly considering how one-sided agreements can be.

You would be surprised to hear how many agreements are for an initial fixed period but even after that has expired you are expected to serve notice of terminating the contract and still incur the fees of the business whether they have provided you with an adequate service or not. I would especially warn small businesses that enter into agreements, as you do not have the protection of the Unfair Contract Terms Act (which consumers have in most cases). A long drawn out court procedure could be necessary simply for the terms to be considered to be unfair, but this protection is limited and companies are aware that they can add uneven terms when the contract is “business to business”. And ignorance of the law is not an excuse!

So – you have been warned. Be careful, if in doubt contact us, and we can glance through any documentation to ensure you aren’t signing your life or money away.


Awards & Recognitions

The expertise of our solicitors is regularly recognised by some of the profession’s most distinguished organisations. As well as being a member of a number of Law Society schemes, we have won awards at the Law Society Excellence Awards, the Halsbury Legal Awards and the Modern Law Awards. We have also received recognition in the form of the Lexcel mark of quality, a Legal 500 listing and a place on the shortlist of The Lawyer’s Boutique Firm of the Year.

Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson