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Does an unincorporated sports club act as a business or as a consumer when purchasing goods and services?

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Published on LexisPSL on 25/04/2016

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does an unincorporated sports club act as a business or as a consumer when purchasing goods and services?
  • Unincorporated association
  • Dealing with unincorporated associations in a finance transaction
  • Definition of consumer
  • Supplying to businesses

Unincorporated association

An unincorporated association cannot enter into contracts or own assets and is not a separate legal entity from its members and officers. As an unincorporated association is not considered to be a legal entity, it cannot enter into a legal contract to purchase goods. See Practice Note: Unincorporated associations which provides a useful overview on the legal status of unincorporated associations and states:

'In general, the operation of an unincorporated association is subject to common law rules rather than legislation, but the exact legal framework will depend upon the unincorporated association's objects and operations.'

Dealing with unincorporated associations in a finance transaction

Practice Note: Dealing with unincorporated associations in a finance transaction—investigating capacity and authority covers the steps which can be taken to investigate capacity and authority under English law. Dependi

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