Everyday law – booked your table for Mother’s Day?

This article is part of our Everyday law series where we look at examples of how law affects us as we go about our daily lives.

Are you taking your mum out to lunch for Mother’s Day? Or maybe you are being taken out yourself?

If so, we hope you have a lovely time. Here are some laws that might be relevant to your Sunday lunch.

If you have made a booking with a restaurant you have entered into a contract. This is a written or spoken agreement which is enforceable by law – either party failing to fulfil their obligations can face a claim and may be required to pay compensation.

So if your plans change and you can’t make it for any reason – perhaps through travel disruption or illness – make sure that you cancel, otherwise the restaurant is entitled to sue you for breach of contract for the loss of profit they would have made. Similarly, they should cancel if they can’t accommodate you and honour your booking.

If you do go ahead with your family gathering, you should also be aware of the recourse you have if things go wrong. Bad food? You can send it back and refuse to pay under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, as you should be given food of “satisfactory quality” that is ‘as described’ on the menu. This Act forms part of the law of contract.

Or what if the waiter accidentally pours soup down your brand-new outfit? You can claim the cost of having your clothes cleaned. Claims for damages for loss are governed by the law of tort.

Even worse, food poisoning. Should disaster strike and your mum is confined to bed a claim for the ‘pain and suffering’ caused by food poisoning can also be made under the law of tort.

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