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UK Public General Acts

Version 01/02/1991

1987 CHAPTER 13

Default Geographical Extent: E+W

  • Version 01/02/1991

Introductory Text

Minors’ Contracts Act 1987

1987 CHAPTER 13

An Act to amend the law relating to minors’ contracts.

[9th April 1987]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Disapplication of Infants Relief Act 1874 etc.

The following enactments shall not apply to any contract made by a minor after the commencement of this Act.—

(a) the M1 Infants Relief Act 1874 (which invalidates certain contracts made by minors and prohibits actions to enforce contracts ratified after majority) ; and
(b) section 5 of the M2 Betting and Loans (Infants) Act 1892 (which invalidates contracts to repay loans advanced during minority).

Marginal Citations

M1 1874 c. 62.

M2 1892 c. 4.

2 Guarantees.


(a) a guarantee is given in respect of an obligation of a party to a contract made after the commencement of this Act, and
(b) the obligation is unenforceable against him (or he repudiates the contract) because he was a minor when the contract was made,the guarantee shall not for that reason alone be unenforceable against the guarantor.

3 Restitution.

(1) Where—

(a) a person (“the plaintiff”) has after the commencement of this Act entered into a contract with another (“the defendant”) , and
(b) the contract is unenforceable against the defendant (or he repudiates it) because he was a minor when the contract was made,the court may, if it is just and equitable to do so, require the defendant to transfer to the plaintiff any property acquired by the defendant under the contract, or any property representing it.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be taken to prejudice any other remedy available to the plaintiff.

4 Consequential amendment and repeals.

(1) In section 113 of the M3 Consumer Credit Act 1974 (that Act not to be evaded by use of security) in subsection (7) —

(a) after the word “indemnity”, in both places where it occurs, there shall be inserted “ or guarantee ”;
(b) after the words “minor, or” there shall be inserted “ an indemnity is given in a case where he ”; and
(c) for the words “they” there shall be substituted “ those obligations ”.
(2) The M4 Infants Relief Act 1874 and the M5 Betting and Loans (Infants) Act 1892 are hereby repealed (in accordance with section 1 of this Act).


Marginal Citations

M3 1974 c. 39.

M4 1874 c. 62.

M5 1892 c. 4.

5 Short title, commencement and extent.

(1) This Act may be cited as the Minors’ Contracts Act 1987.

(2) This Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the date on which it is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.