Whatever the nature of your organisation, the contracting environment in which you operate is becoming more complex and demanding all the time.
It is essential that the documents you use are up-to-date and fully protect you and your business, as well as the agreements you have with third parties, which should be properly recorded and secure.
This can be a time consuming and complex task in any business. The Commercial Contracts team can support you with this.
We have the experience to draft, advise on and negotiate, almost any type of commercial contract, which includes:
• Standard terms and conditions;
• Agency Agreements;
• Distribution Agreements;
• Purchase/Supply Agreements;
• Outsourcing Agreements;
• Collaboration Agreements;
• Franchise Agreements;
• Assignments or Licenses of intellectual property;
• Confidentiality Agreements; and
• Consultancy Agreements.
Whatever the document, what you need is likely to fit into one of the following scenarios:
Your standard documents need drafting or reviewing
If you require a new set of standard terms and conditions or other standard documentation such as confidentiality agreements, agency or distribution agreements then we can work with you to put these together. We start by getting an understanding of your business, your sales processes and your risk profile. Using this background information, we would then draft your necessary documents, discuss these with you and amend them until you are in a position to use them.
Together with drafting your documents, we can also advise you on the processes you need to comply with, to ensure that your terms and conditions are accepted and effective.
You have received a contract from somebody else
Often you will have no choice but to deal with a contractual document sent by another business. This might be standard set of terms and conditions, which they insist must be used or another complex contract, which has been drafted on the businesses behalf.
We can help you to better understand your risk under these documents and how they work in practice. We have a flexible approach to reviewing contracts and can produce for you, at an agreed fixed fee, a full report on the contract, a fully revised version with changes designed to correct any inconsistencies or, depending on your requirements, protect your position and take over the whole contract amendment and negotiation process. This would mean engaging directly with any third parties.
You need a “one-off” document drafting
In most complex commercial arrangements you will need a contract which reflects only that deal. This is usually the case for high value and/or long running relationships such as big infrastructure projects or outsourcing arrangements. We can work with you from the outset, to understand your objectives, draft the necessary documentation and amend and negotiate your contract.
This will ensure that the contractual stage of a project does not become an impediment or slow down your progress.