Contact law is the law that governs contracts both verbal and non verbal as well as written. Many people in society fail to notice the fact that on a daily basis they are likely entering into several contacts each day. For example when you accept a websites terms and conditions you are entering into a contract with them which is normally related to data usage. Contact law is of great importance as it can affect the way you view contracts overall as well as interact with them on the whole.
Introduction To Contract Law
Contract law is different to many other types of law. Essentially with contract law both parties have to agree to a contract. A contract is an agreement enshrined in law. In order for a contract to be formed both parties must agree to its terms. Although there are some cases which we will look at further on which bend this rule a little.
One of the key points of contact law is the idea of an invitation to treat. Essentially this is when some terms are put forward similar to an offer. For example an item in a shop window for sale would be an invitation to treat for sale.
Why Is Contract Law Important?
Contract law is important because it can be found almost anywhere and it is important as it can affect our purchases as well as our jobs and many other aspects of our life. If someone is in breach of contract then they are liable for legal action.
An example of contract law directly affecting people is parking tickets. This can be broke down into several stages. When a car enters a paid car park and observes the signs around the car park they are essentially entering into a contract.
By observing the signs and parking their car they are accepting an invitation to treat despite not verbally agreeing on the contract. If a parking ticket is issued this is because a car has breached contract by not abiding by the terms of contract e.g not paying. This means the driver has to then pay a fine unlesss the pay it , appeal it or fight it in court. There have been cases where people have won against the parking companies.
How To Learn More About Contract Law
You don’t have to be a lawyer to learn contract law. In order to learn more about this subject there are a variety of books and materials online which you can purchase or borrow from a library with information about contract law as well as relevant cases where people have won and lost against employers , private firms , individuals etc.
Youtube is also a great source of information for this subject with videos available which can provide more information on contract law overall and how it can affect people and wider society. In conclusion contract law is an important law which is in use everyday in day to day life and is well worth learning more about overall.