Sale of Goods Act 1893



61.(1) The rules in bankruptcy relating to contracts of sale shall continue to apply thereto, notwithstanding anything in this Act contained.

(2) The rules of the common law, including the law merchant, save in so far as they are inconsistent with the express provisions of this Act, and in particular the rules relating to the law of principal and agent and the effect of fraud, misrepresentation, duress or coercion, mistake, or other invalidating cause, shall continue to apply to contracts for the sale of goods.

(3) Nothing in this Act or in any repeal effected thereby shall affect the enactments relating to bills of sale, or any enactment relating to the sale of goods which is not expressly repealed by this Act.

(4) The provisions of this Act relating to contracts of sale do not apply to any transaction in the form of a contract of sale which is intended to operate by way of mortgage, pledge, charge, or other security.

(5) Nothing in this Act shall prejudice or affect the landlord’s right of hypothec or sequestration for rent in Scotland.

F37[(6) (a) Nothing in section 55 or 55A of this Act shall prevent the parties to a contract for the international sale of goods from negativing or varying any right, duty or liability which would otherwise arise by implication of law under sections 12 to 15 of this Act.

(b) In this subsection "contract for the international sale of goods" means a contract of sale of goods made by parties whose places of business (or, if they have none, habitual residences) are in the territories of different States and in the case of which one of the following conditions is satisfied:

(i) the contract involves the sale of goods which are at the time of the conclusion of the contract in the course of carriage or will be carried from the territory of one State to the territory of another; or

(ii) the acts constituting the offer and acceptance have been effected in the territories of different States; or

(iii) delivery of the goods is to be made in the territory of a State other than that within whose territory the acts constituting the offer and the acceptance have been effected.]

F38[(7) Subsection (6) shall not apply to a contract to which Part 2 of the Consumer Rights Act 2022 applies.]




Inserted (31.12.1980) by Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980 (16/1980), s. 24, commenced as per s. 1(2).


Inserted (29.11.2022) by Consumer Rights Act 2022 (37/2022), s. 176(1) and sch. 6 part 1 ref. 1, S.I. No. 596 of 2022, subject to transitional provision in s. 9(1)(a).

Modifications (not altering text):


Application of subs. (6) restricted (22.01.2003) by European Communities (Certain Aspects of the Sale of Consumer Goods and Associated Guarantees) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 11 of 2003), reg. 4.

Choice of law provisions.

4.— (1) A consumer shall not be deprived of the protection afforded by these Regulations as a result of his or her choosing as the law applicable to the contract the law of a non-Member State if the contract has a close connection with the territory of the Member States.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall have effect notwithstanding section 61(6) of the Sale of Goods Act 1893.