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Do I need a written contract?

It is very wise in all instances to have a written contract, particularly in business-to-business contracts where there is more scope to modify the provisions of the general law.

As a result of Brexit, it is not currently clear whether the EU Regulations governing civil and commercial contracts between member states will apply to Northern Ireland after March 2019. As a consequence, in order to avoid real commercial consequences (i.e. legal fees and delay) resulting from legal uncertainty as to which country’s courts have jurisdiction to resolve disputes post March 2019, in business-to-business sales you are strongly advised to contain an explicit jurisdiction clause within your terms and conditions when trading cross-border. It is highly likely that such a clause will be recognized by the courts in both jurisdictions. (In sales to consumers, such a clause will not be binding on the consumer.)