There are contracts for any number of things. Whether it is the rental agreement with a lettings agency, a gym membership or a phone contract, there are times when you may have decided this is longer working. In this article we are going to look at how you can get out of a contract and what you need to be aware of.

Termination clause

A lot of contracts will have some form of termination clause. For example, if you want to move out of a rental property early then you should be able to with a certain amount of notice, usually around a month. In other cases, you may need to pay a certain amount as a penalty for ending it early. This is often the case with mobile phone contracts. However, when switching mobile phone providers, it is worth comparing deals as some will pay to have the previous deal ended prematurely.

Other party breach

Another aspect would be another party breaching an aspect of the contract. Using the example of a rental property, if you feel you were not getting the service that you expected then this could be considered a breach and you would be within your rights to breach the contract. There is also the possibility that if the other party cannot keep up their side then it would be possible to cancel as well, for example in the event of a natural disaster bringing down phone lines, or an instructor becomes ill and is not able to carry on offering their services.


It is also important to remember that getting out of a contract can involve the other party as well. If you can explain why it is important (for example, if you have been made redundant you may no longer be able to afford the gym membership) then it may be possible to discuss a settlement with the other party involved. It may be possible to bring in a mediator who can help facilitate this, avoiding additional court costs in the process.

Get help

Of course, contracts can be difficult and it is not always easy to understand every single detail of what you signed. You may see pages of terms and conditions and feel overwhelmed by the amount of words and technical detail. Fortunately, at Larcomes there are people involved who are used to this. An experienced legal professional can go over a contract, breaking down any possible breaches, allowing you to prove why you should be allowed to cancel a contract and clarifying the language involved.

In Larcomes the motto has always been ‘big enough to specialise, small enough to care.’ What this means that as well as having technical knowhow and the resources available to help you pursue a case, there are people who will be willing to sit down with you and go over in detail, helping you to decide whether or not to pursue a case.

If you would like to know more, or would like to discuss your personal situation in more detail, please contact us today and we will be happy to go over this with you.