Have you ever bought a product or a service that wasn’t satisfactory? Did you have to go to court to get your money back or get compensation for it? If you did, then you had to go through the process of commercial law. Laws are there to protect us and the commercial one keeps us safe from fraud and sale exploitation. Here are a few things you need to know.
Laws to Protect Us and Keep Us Safe
Commercial law is one of the most important parts of the rules and regulations holding society together around the world. Every day, or almost, we take part in a commercial transaction, even if it is just getting bread and butter at the corner stone. But even that can turn out wrong. Maybe the bread contains something that will make you sick and cause you serious future problems. That is when you’ll need to use commercial law to prove you have been caused damage and seek retribution for it.
Commercial law, also known as trade law, is there to protect individuals like you and me, as well as commercial partners. It exists to regulate the conduct of individual inside companies who are involved in trade, sales and all types of commerce, whether it takes place in a physical store or online. If you are involved in one way or another in business, commercial law is of great importance to you. And if you are a consumer, it is the written words which will protect you as such.
What Does Commercial Law Covers?
From the moment two persons enter into a legal agreement on the sale and purchase of a product or a service, what happens in the process will be covered by commercial law. Let’s say you buy a product from an online store; it will have to be shipped to you. This delivery service may not be provided by the salesman but by a third party. That entity is responsible for the goods to arrive in time and in order at your house. That means that it needs to be protected from fire, destruction and any other accident that could happen to it. But if it did break or got to your place past the date and time agreed upon, you’ll hold the company that sold the product to you responsible, when in the end, it’s most probably the delivery service which will have to pay for it (or their insurance provider).
By law, all these business actors are connected to one another. And that law is what is known as commercial law. That doesn’t mean that other kind of laws won’t be involved as well, if a problem occurs. If you buy a house and there’s a hidden defect inside it, you’ll have to also go through real estate law. And if there is a leak of gas or oil, you may also enter environmental law. But there will still be a part of the deal ruled by trade law.
Buying a Product or a Service: A New Legal Contract for Every Transactions
We usually don’t think of the law when we buy a product or acquire a service, but it is partly due to the fact that it exists and that we know we’ll be protected if something turned out wrong. In fact, the legal contract you are entering when you buy something, automatically implies that you will be reimbursed if something is not as it should be. It is the base of trade law. And as natural as the gesture has become for all of us, whenever you pay for a product or a service, it is just as if you were signing a contract with the person or company supplying it.
Commercial Conflicts and Disputes
Everyone would prefer being satisfied by what they are acquiring, whatever it may be. But it is not always the case. Therefore, sometimes measures have to be taken in order to compensate for a promise that fell short of the mark. However, there are always two parties in a commercial deal and they’ll both want to prove their point. That is why they will both hire lawyers to defend their side of the story.
These conflicts can take place between two companies but also between a business and an individual. To settle them, a judge will have to be named in charge of the case, and he will have to hear from both sides in order to decide, basing his judgment on commercial law, regarding who is right and who is wrong, or more appropriately put: who has the law on his side.
Sometimes, the judgment will come down to those lines you’ve agreed in the terms and conditions of the contract you signed, most probably without reading them all. In law, every word is important. Maybe on your next buy, you should take some extra time to read the fine lines. After all, you may win or lose your case because of them one day!