Various businesses across the country will enter partnerships with various suppliers relevant to their business. Whether they need paper and stationery or food and drink, suppliers provide a valuable service. However, disputes between businesses and their suppliers can arise for several reasons. Placing blame and entering contentious discussions without legal advice is unproductive and can make matters worse; therefore, if you find yourself involved in business supplier disputes, we’re here to help.
Our qualified civil litigation solicitors here at Van Eaton in London have years of experience in helping businesses, partners and suppliers alike settle their difference through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. We always work to keep claims out of court wherever possible, providing expert advice to determine whether a case has merit and is worth pursuing. If your business arrangement has recently turned sour, don’t let matters get even worse. Seek help from an experienced solicitor today.
Common Types of Supplier Disputes
Consumers such as businesses who buy from suppliers are protected under various laws and regulations, such as the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. If you believe your rights have been violated under these laws, you should raise your concerns with the supplier directly, advice that applies to all disputes. Statutes like these usually apply to consumer contracts that place suppliers under an obligation to carry out their services with a reasonable level of skill and care.
Sometimes, it can be alleged that suppliers misrepresented the service they provide in terms of experience and capability. Businesses can claim that they were fed false information and entered a contract under false pretences. Breach of contract is a common business supplier dispute, especially if dates of sales have not been met. If either party fails to uphold their end of the contract, it can be considered a breach and legal action may be needed.
Any goods are services provided that are faulty or defective can lead to significant disputes; if you have any concerns with the services you are being provided with and talks have failed, you should seek help from a commercial litigation solicitor as soon as possible.
Suppliers are well within their rights to bring legal proceedings against anyone they are supplying to. Disputes can range from unpaid bills to breaches of contracts, all of which can be resolved through effective dispute resolution. If you would like to find out more about our commercial litigation solicitors in Streatham, please visit us on our website.
How to Settle Business Dispute Effectively
Business supplier disputes can be difficult to navigate and solve when either party refuses to negotiate, but qualified lawyers can help analyse the case and achieve desirable results. Businesses need all processes to run as smoothly as possible to function; when suppliers are not up to standard, or they breach the contract, it can affect the business as a whole. Clients may suffer, which affects revenue and the integrity of your business.
First, when a dispute arises between a business and a supplier, one party should approach the other to try and settle disputes between them. Sometimes, businesses and suppliers can reach an amicable agreement that suits them both. However, if any changes are made that affects the existing contract, you might want to consider creating another legal document that you both sign to ensure everything is legally binding.
If negotiations don’t work, and you have explored all other avenues, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Alternative dispute resolution tactics such as mediation can be implemented to help parties reach a solution, they can both settle upon. If mediation sessions fall through too, court action may be the next step.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in various aspects of civil litigation, including business supplier disputes and construction law. If you require impartial advice concerning your case, get in touch with our experts today. Give us a call on 0208 769 6739 or fill out our online form here to book a free consultation.