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What is a contract dispute?

A contract can be written or oral and contains the obligations of what both parties were required to do. An oral contract is where you have agreed with another for the provision of services or for the purchase of goods but you have not put any of the terms of your agreement in writing. If it is a written contract, it is important to ensure that it is drafted efficiently. Contractual disputes can arise before or after a contract has been drafted.

In both cases, if there is a dispute it would be necessary to show that there has been a breach of the contract.

How do I sue for breach of contract?

The first step in making a legal claim for a breach of contract is to establish that a contract actually exists between yourself and the individual or business you intend to sue. In cases of oral contracts, the existence of a contract may at times be difficult to ascertain. However, in many cases, a contractual agreement can be established by showing a course of dealing.

There are 3 key issues a contract dispute solicitor looks at when dealing with a breach of contract case:

  1. Is there a breach?

  2. If so, what type of term was breached (warranty/condition)?

  3. What are your potential remedies?

Depending on what term in the contract has been breached, you may be entitled to compensation or be entitled to terminate the contract.


There are various legal issues which relate to contractual claims and the information provided on this website is providing you with only a brief overview. Contractual disputes are potentially complex and high in value and as with any legal proceedings you should seek specialist legal advice.