Can you enter into a contract over a pint?

contract in pub dispute solicitors

In a widely reported case involving the owner of Sports Direct, the High Court was asked to consider whether an informal conversation in a pub, between two businessmen, was enough to create a legal contract between them.

This particular case involved a potential multi million pound deal, but it is of wider interest as the court reiterated the well-established law in this area. 

It is perfectly legal for contracts between parties to be discussed and agreed in a pub, or in any other non-formal setting. You don't have to be sitting across the table from each other in a solicitor's office to do the deal!

However, if there is ever a dispute about whether a legally binding contract was created, the court will be asked to consider whether a "reasonable observer" would think that was what the parties having the discussion were intending. 

In the Sports Direct case, the court found that there was no intention to creat a legally binding contract, in the discussions which took place in a pub.

At Samuels Solicitors, based in the South West of England, we have decades of experience in assisting clients dealing with disputes about contracts, and with the formalities of entering into commercial contracts in the course of business.

If you have a problem with a contract, or if you need advice before you enter into one, contact us today for a free, no obligation discussion about how we can help.

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