The Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Act 2017 comes into effect on 26 February 2018. 

Parties to a contract sometimes intend that a third party (for example, another company or an individual) maybe entitled to certain rights under that contract, though they are not a party to the contract itself.

The absence of a clear set of rules meant that the law was ambiguous and inflexible. The new Act replaces the old regime with a new statutory set of rules, which provides greater certainty as to how third party rights can be created and enforced.