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Is a school contracting as a business or a consumer when entering into a contract for a school trip? What protections are available to schools in the event they have to cancel a school trip due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? Are they entitled to a refund from the trip provider?

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Produced in partnership with Denis Edwards of Normanton Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 24/11/2020

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  • Is a school contracting as a business or a consumer when entering into a contract for a school trip? What protections are available to schools in the event they have to cancel a school trip due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? Are they entitled to a refund from the trip provider?

Is a school contracting as a business or a consumer when entering into a contract for a school trip? What protections are available to schools in the event they have to cancel a school trip due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? Are they entitled to a refund from the trip provider?

The variety of conceivable contracts made by schools for school trips, in addition to the range of such trips, means that it is not possible to give a specific answer to this question. School trips include relatively simple arrangements for a trip to a local museum, day trips on a hired coach to a castle 100km away and more complex contracts associated with a week-long ski trip to a resort abroad. The contractual arrangements involved in these trips will be different depending on the nature of the trip.

As a general matter, where a legal person contracts with a supplier of goods or

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