Termination in law


Termination in a legal context refers to the ending of a contract. A professionally written contract will nearly always include a section discussing the terms under which the contract may be terminated.

When it comes to English contract law, termination can be drafted into a contract in a multitude of ways. The parties can agree that the contract will be terminated by specific action of either party, by a third party, with or without the requirement to give notice, and with immediate affect or without. 

There are a few limitations which are a part of contract law. Termination, for example, is almost always a possibility for both parties. This is certainly the case when the contract is one of employment, and the contracting party (the employee) is an individual. Even if the contract states that the individual is not permitted to terminate the contract this cannot be enforced in law. The rationale behind that is that preventing an individual from terminating an employment contract will amount to slavery.

If you are seeking to terminate a contract, but you are unsure of the legal consequences of doing so, it is likely that you will find the answer in the contract itself. Although on rare occasions the terms are enforceable by law, termination is nearly always permitted and is included in the contract, along with the consequences associated with an early termination.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on the legal aspects of termination, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist Contract /  Employment Solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local specialist Contract Solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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