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Location

What country governs the original contract?Do I have to use the same jurisdiction as the original contract?The jurisdiction for the Amending Agreement should typically be the same as the one used for the original contract.

Depending on the agreement and situation, you may choose a jurisdiction that differs from the original contract. For example, if you have moved, you can choose the jurisdiction where you currently live.
England

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Different countries have different rules and regulations. Your Amending Agreement will be customised for England.




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AMENDING AGREEMENT

THIS AMENDING AGREEMENT dated this ________ day of ________________, ________

BETWEEN:

_________________________

OF THE FIRST PART

- AND-

_________________________

OF THE SECOND PART

  1. Background
  2. _________________________ and _________________________ (the "Parties") entered into the contract (the "Contract") dated 1 March 2024, for the purpose of: ______________________________________________.
  3. The Parties desire to amend the Contract on the terms and conditions set forth in this Amending Agreement (the "Agreement").
  4. This Agreement is the first amendment to the Contract.
  5. References in this Agreement to the Contract are to the Contract as previously amended or varied.

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Parties agreeing to amend their obligations in the existing Contract, and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree to keep, perform, and fulfil the promises, conditions and agreements below:

  1. Amendments
  2. The Contract is amended as follows:
    1. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
  3. No Other Change
  4. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, all of the terms and conditions of the Contract remain unchanged and in full force and effect.
  5. Miscellaneous Terms
  6. Capitalised terms not otherwise defined in this Agreement will have the meanings ascribed to them in the Contract. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Agreement. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine include the feminine and vice versa. No regard for gender is intended by the language in this Agreement.
  7. Governing Law
  8. Subject to the terms of the Contract, it is the intention of the Parties that this Agreement, and all suits and special proceedings under this Agreement, be construed in accordance with and governed, to the exclusion of the law of any other forum, by the laws of England, without regard to the jurisdiction in which any action or special proceeding may be instituted.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have duly affixed their signatures under hand and seal on this ________ day of ________________, ________.

_______________________________
WITNESS:  ______________________
Address:  ________________________

_______________________________
______________________(Party)

_______________________________
WITNESS:  ______________________
Address:  ________________________

_______________________________
______________________(Party)

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What is a Contract Addendum?

A Contract Addendum is a document that makes changes to a contract without overriding or invalidating it

Rather than terminating an existing agreement and starting over, simply create an Addendum and update the contract.

This template is general and can be applied to many different contracts, for example:

A Contract Addendum is also known as:

  • Amendment and restatement agreement
  • Amendment agreement
  • Addendum to contract
  • Addendum letter

Want to make changes specifically to a Tenancy Agreement?

Use our Lease Addendum instead.

What’s the difference between an addendum and an amendment?

By definition, an addendum adds terms that were not part of the original agreement, while an amendment modifies the existing terms.

You can use LawDepot’s Contract Addendum template to do both.

When should I use a Contract Addendum?

Addendums are helpful when you need to make minor changes to an existing contract.

Remember, you can only amend a contract after signing it. This may be to reflect a change in law, but more often it’s to accommodate the needs of one or both parties. For instance, a common reason for an amendment is simply to change a party's name. 

You don’t need to make a Contract Addendum before signing a contract because the original terms aren’t effective yet. In this case, speak with the party responsible for drafting the document and make the changes there. Terms typically become legally binding once all parties sign the document.

Likewise, you cannot amend an expired contract because its terms are no longer effective. You’ll need to make a new contract.

Can you amend a contract verbally?

Some contracts are legally required to be in writing. A contract might also contain a clause that explicitly prohibits oral modifications.

But, even in situations where it is possible, it would likely be difficult to enforce. 

Any contract—written or verbal—must contain certain elements to be legally binding. To enforce a term that the parties discussed but failed to document, you might struggle to prove the following legal requirements were met:

  1. Offer and acceptance: One party proposed a change and the other parties agreed.
  2. Consideration: All the parties gained something of value from the agreement.
  3. Intention: There was mutual intent to enter into a binding contract. 
  4. Legality: None of the contract terms break the law. 
  5. Capacity: The parties were mentally and legally capable of entering the agreement. 

Without these elements, a court would likely void the amendment. 

How do I write a Contract Addendum?

A Contract Addendum should include the following:

Information about the original contract

Make note of whether the contract has any previous amendments. 

Then, state the names of the parties involved in the original contract, a description of its purpose, and the date it was signed. 

When selecting a jurisdiction to apply to the amendment, consider using the same one in which the original agreement was meant to apply.

A clear description of the changes

In the United Kingdom, there is no limit to the number of times you can alter an agreement with a Contract Addendum. 

However, LawDepot’s Contract Addendum only allows you to make up to five amendments in a single document. You can also use this template to insert brand-new clauses into the original contract. 

Although our questionnaire provides sample text for guidance, remember:

  • Use clear and concise language to ensure you don’t create terms with unintended consequences. 
  • Refer to the original document, especially when altering specific sections or clauses. 

If you need to make more than five addendums for a contract, consider creating a new version of your original document and updating it with your most up-to-date terms.

Signing details

To legally execute an Addendum made with LawDepot, all parties involved in the original contract must review it and sign off on its terms

For extra peace of mind, you can ask a legal professional to review the Contract Addendum before you sign it. This helps ensure that the changes reflect the best interests of all the parties involved.

Once properly signed, attach your Contract Addendum to the original agreement.

Related Documents

  • Assignment: A document that transfers ownership of a contract, property, or asset from one party to another.
  • Cease & Desist Letter: Demand a party stop any unwanted action or behaviour.
  • Demand Letter: A formal request for an action or outstanding payment.
  • Lease Amendment: Use this document to make changes to an existing agreement between a landlord and a tenant.
  • Letter of Intent: A non-binding document that outlines an understanding for a future agreement.
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