In our increasingly busy lives, missed appointments have become more common than we’d like. But what happens when a missed appointment leads to legal consequences? Can you be legally charged for failing to keep an appointment in the United Kingdom? This blog post will explore the legal aspects surrounding missed appointments and the potential repercussions.

Understanding the Basics

To answer the question of whether you can be legally charged for a missed appointment in the UK, we must first distinguish between different types of appointments and the nature of the agreement.

  • Medical Appointments: In the case of medical appointments, there is generally no legal consequence for missing an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider. However, it is courteous to inform them in advance if you cannot make it


  • Legal Appointments: When it comes to appointments with legal professionals, such as lawyers or solicitors, it’s crucial to check the terms and conditions of your engagement. These agreements may specify the consequences of missing appointments.


  • Business Appointments: In the business world, appointments often involve contractual obligations. Failure to meet these appointments could result in a breach of contract and potential legal consequences.


Breach of Contract

In the UK, if you have a contractual agreement that includes an appointment or meeting as a term, missing that appointment may be considered a breach of contract. The severity of the breach and the consequences depend on the specific circumstances and the terms outlined in the contract. Common contracts that may include appointments are:

  • Service Contracts: These may involve appointments with professionals like solicitors, consultants, or contractors. If you miss an appointment specified in the contract, you may be in breach.


  • Rental Agreements: Leases or tenancy agreements often include terms for property inspections or maintenance appointments. Failure to attend these may be deemed a breach of your tenancy agreement.


  • Employment Contracts: Missing work-related appointments or meetings, such as disciplinary hearings or training sessions, could lead to disciplinary actions.


Consequences for a Breach of Contract

The consequences for breaching a contract due to a missed appointment can vary. They may include:


  • Financial Penalties: Some contracts specify a financial penalty for missed appointments. This penalty is typically a predetermined amount.


  • Legal Action: In more severe cases, the party that suffered due to your breach of contract may take legal action to recover damages or uphold the terms of the contract.


  • Termination: Certain contracts, like employment agreements, may result in termination if appointments are consistently missed, depending on the severity of the breach.


Preventing Legal Issues

To avoid potential legal problems arising from missed appointments, consider the following:

  1. Read and Understand Contracts: Always carefully review any contract or agreement to understand the terms and obligations, including those related to appointments.


  1. Communicate in Advance: If you anticipate missing an appointment, communicate your situation as soon as possible to reschedule or make alternative arrangements.


  1. Seek Legal Advice: If you’re uncertain about your rights and obligations in a specific contract, consult with a legal professional to gain a clear understanding of your legal position.



In the United Kingdom, the legal consequences of missing an appointment depend on the nature of the appointment, the terms of the contract, and the specific circumstances. While missing a medical appointment may not result in legal charges, missed appointments with legal or business implications can lead to contractual breaches and potential legal consequences. It is essential to be aware of your contractual obligations and to communicate promptly if you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment. To avoid potential legal issues, always seek legal advice when in doubt about your rights and responsibilities.

Please call us if you have a concern regarding a possible breach of contract on 0161 850 9911.