Thinking of ending a contract? What if there’s no notice to terminate provision?

It is well-established law that contracts that do not state their duration or explain how to deal with their termination can be terminated by one or both of the contractual parties giving reasonable notice.

That’s all very well, but it leaves the crucial question: what constitutes reasonable notice?

A recent case dealt with just this issue. The claimant, Hamsard, and various of its predecessor companies supplied clothes to the defendant, Boots, under a variety of trading arrangements. After a rocky period in their dealings, Boots gave Hamsard nine months’ notice to terminate their agreement (which was not in writing). Hamsard argued that was unreasonable; the court disagreed…

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