What do I need to know about contracts?

Most of us will have signed a legal contract in one form or another during our lives. A contract can be one sentence or a 100-page document.  It might be to arrange a tenancy, or buy a property, to confirm employment, or to buy goods or services. Most contracts are written, but they can also exist as “oral” agreements, that is, they are spoken and not written down.

If you are drawing up a contract, it may be advisable to get legal advice. Your barrister will make sure that whatever terms you want included will be included.  He or she can translate your intention into the right legal language – which does not mean legalease; rather it means clear language that is understandable to everybody.

If you are about to sign a contract, it is also worth considering getting legal advice. Many contracts contain special conditions which may be difficult to see and hard to understand - “the small print” – which you should be aware of and understand properly. Barristers know what can go wrong in contracts and to guard against problems. 

There are many different types of contract, including:

  • contracts for sale or purchase
  • agency contracts
  • distribution contracts
  • employment contracts

Why should I choose a barrister?

Barristers are experts in the law. They are best placed to advise you on your legal position, draft legal documents, including company health & safety documents, advise on formal proceedings and use his or her advocacy skills to represent you to the highest standard in any court, tribunal or hearing.

Is mediation right for me?

If you are involved in a contractual dispute, it might be worth considering mediation as an alternative to going to court. Mediation is usually a quicker and cheaper way to resolve a dispute. myBarrister can connect you to specialists in mediation.

Which barrister should I choose?

If you need expert advice about a contract that relates to you either personally or in your business, choose a barrister on myBarrister. Barristers will provide you with guidance so you that you know where you stand and can take the right decisions about what to do next.

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