When an agreement to supply goods or services is made, the terms of the agreement form a contract – even in cases where no written agreement has been made and the arrangement is based on verbal agreement between the parties.
Disputes over sale of goods/supply of services often occur when supply is interrupted, quality of goods is called into question, or defective goods or services are supplied, or if an aspect of the original agreement changes.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 has now replaced the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
Goods or services supplied must, however, match the description of goods under the agreement to sell or supply – and must also be fit for purpose ie not broken, damaged, spoiled.
In commercial disputes over sale of goods/supply disputes, any interruption to stock supplies or problems with the quality of goods supplied can seriously damage a company’s daily operations and reputation – including disputes over lease hire agreements involving fleet vehicles, office equipment or industrial machinery.
It is important to seek expert legal advice on any dispute over sale of goods/supply of services at an early stage, to prevent the dispute from escalating and leading to costly litigation at a later stage.
Duncan Lewis commercial litigation solicitors can advise at any stage of a dispute involving sale of goods/supply of services – including reviewing contracts and agreements to pinpoint where a claim for damages might be possible.
In cases where there is no written contract, taking advice early can also help address any oversights in an agreement for sale of goods/supply of services –
and put the relationship back on track without recourse to litigation or the need to seek another supplier.
Mediation is also recommended for disputes involving sale of goods/supply of services – Duncan Lewis can advise on dispute resolution and mediation services, to bring about an effective and fast solution to any matter involving a commercial agreement sale of goods or supply of services.
The Duncan Lewis commercial litigation department advises sole traders, partnerships, SMEs and major companies on disputes involving sale of goods or supply of services.
For expert legal advice on commercial litigation and Sale of Goods/Supply of Services Disputes, call Duncan Lewis Commercial Litigation Solicitors on 0333 772 0409.