The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (CCLA) comes into force on 1 September 2017, and brings with it an increasing shift towards user-friendly and modernised legislation.

What is the CCLA?

The CCLA repeals and combines the following commercial statutes into one act:

  • Carriage of Goods Act 1979;
  • Contracts (Privity) Act 1982;
  • Contractual Mistakes Act 1977;
  • Contractual Remedies Act 1979;
  • Electronic Transactions Act 2002;
  • Frustrated Contracts Act 1944;
  • Illegal Contracts Act 1970;
  • Mercantile Law Act 1908 (other than Part 5);
  • Minors' Contracts Act 1969;
  • Sale of Goods Act 1908; and
  • Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Act 1994.

The new act will not substantially amend current law. Rather, it will clarify and modernise the language of the repealed statutes, making it easier for businesses and users to understand. It will also make minor changes where provisions of the repealed statutes were inconsistent with the law.

What do I need to do?

Contracts entered into after 1 September 2017 must fully comply with the CCLA. Therefore, standard form contracts, terms and conditions, and other template documents should be reviewed and updated by 1 September.

However, contracts entered into before 1 September 2017 only need to be amended where the CCLA requires that the contractual language be modernised. The law of the statute under which the contract was made will still apply.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.