Legal Training and CPD Courses for Lawyers
 Remember Me

Login Forgotten password?

Course Software Contracts: Buyers' Rights and Suppliers' Obligations


The purchase of software, whether on a disk or by download, is a vast and growing market, for both businesses and individuals. While the Consumer Rights Act clearly sets out the rights of consumers, there is no legislation setting out the rights of business buyers. This problem has been exacerbated by the recent landmark ruling of the Court of Appeal in the Computer Associates case as to whether software on a disk could count as goods or not.

These rights and obligations are all the more important as defects in even an inexpensive piece of software can lead to a huge amount of damage – especially for business buyers. This course will set out in detail how the rights of consumers and businesses differ, and determine what rights, if any, business buyers have.  

The course will address:

  • How the Consumer Rights Act has given extended rights to purchases of software when made by private buyers
  • The extent to which suppliers to consumers can exclude or limit liability for defective software
  • How far the rights under the Sale of Goods Act as to goods of a proper quality extend to software contained on a disk
  • The absence of any statutory rights protecting business buyers, and whether the common law can make good such deficiencies
  • The nature of terms that can be written into a business contract
  • How to guard against being caught out by exceptionally onerous terms in a software contract
  • If a business buyer does have any rights, whether these can these be excluded or limited by the supplier and what effect, if any, the Unfair Contract Terms Act has
  • What happens, whether the buyer is a consumer or a business, if software is corrupt or contains a virus, and thus damages the recipient’s system
  • Rights to require the supplier to repair or replace defective software
  • To what extent a business buyer can spell out in the contract the sums payable if the software is defective

Show all


3 hours


Package Price
Click here for details

Non Member

(Excluding VAT)


Sherree WestellDetails



About membership

CLT membership provides excellent service, great value for money and above all, quality events saving up to 50% of your training costs.

Keep in touch

Follow us on

Linkedin twitter

Help & Support

For help, support and bookings call:
+44 (0)121 362 7705 or visit our support section for FAQs, venue maps and brochures.