Unfair Contract Terms

A recent High Court decision has implications for businesses that impose minimum contract terms and early termination charges on consumers. The court found that certain standard terms in a company's gym membership contracts were unfair and contravened consumer protection legislation. The offending terms imposed minimum membership periods on members and early termination charges, which required members who terminated early to pay all subscription fees payable over the entirety of the minimum membership period with no discount for accelerated payment, or a discount of no more that 5%.

Businesses that use these types of contracts should review their standard terms and business practices to make sure they are fair and comply with consumer protection legislation. This checklist highlights the key issues businesses need to consider if they use contracts that impose minimum contract terms and early termination charges on consumers.

For further information, please contact our Business Law Team.

 

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