Our specialist commercial lawyers will support you in growing your business by helping you achieve your commercial objectives. Whether you need assistance in negotiating and codifying your commercial agreements, specialist legal advice on your contractual rights and obligations or post-contract support, we provide it by giving you practical, pro-active commercial advice that helps you focus on the key risks to your business.
Many of our commercial law team have worked as in-house lawyers for major commercial organisations. We know how businesses operate, how to focus on the real risks to business and what action needs to be taken to mitigate those risks and get things done.
We provide advice on all business - and commercial law - related issues which our hotel, hospitality and leisure sector clients face, as well as helping them negotiate and draft their commercial agreements. Providing support in this area regularly involves tapping into the experience of our colleagues across the firm, particularly in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Procurement and Dispute Resolution teams.
Some of the work that we do most often includes:
Commercial Contract Reviews
We specialise in advising on the Commercial Agents Regulations and are often asked to draft and negotiate commercial agency agreements and handle resulting disputes.
Master Goods/Services Agreements
Many of our clients want to set out in writing the parameters of their relationship with suppliers of goods and services whilst allowing those relationships to develop, for example by individual call-off contracts for goods or services. A master goods/services agreement is a useful way to do this. With our experience in these types of agreements, coupled with our in-house expertise, we can help you put in place an agreement that allows your business relationships to grow within a structured environment.
Standard Terms and Conditions
Most medium-sized and larger businesses have a set of standard terms and conditions, whether supplier-facing, customer-facing or both, and whether they apply to a transaction depends upon how the contract is formed. As well as updating your terms, we can advise you on the best processes to have in place to ensure that it is your terms, not those of the business you are contracting with, that apply, and, where you are contracting with a consumer, that the many legal requirements applicable to consumer contracts are addressed.
Franchising and Commercial Agency
Franchising is an increasingly popular means of expanding a business nationally and internationally to the benefit of both the franchisor and franchisee. We can help you choose the right franchising models, both at home and abroad. Our expertise in the food and beverage, healthcare and care sectors means that we have a raft of know-how that we can draw on in advising you and drawing up franchising agreements.
When discussing franchising with clients it is not uncommon for us to look at a commercial agency as an alternate model. Our experience in advising on the Commercial Agents Regulations means we are well placed to support you in any decisions that you make and, if draft and negotiate commercial agency agreements for you.
Commercial collaborations are an increasingly effective way of getting business done. Whether you collaborate to provide services to a joint customer, to develop your offering or to expand into territories that might otherwise be unavailable to you, we can help you balance the risks and rewards in a fair and productive way between the joint venture partners.