We all enter into contracts on a regular basis, whether in our personal lives or in connection with our organisations.
Most of the time, these contracts will be low value and low risk, such as the contract we enter into every time we make a purchase from our local shop.
Some contracts, however, will be of a higher value than others and involve us exposing ourselves or our organisations to risk.
The importance of getting it right
It is crucial that the terms of contracts are properly negotiated, agreed, understood and documented so that risk can be minimised.
If they are not, not only might your organisation end up not getting what you thought was agreed, it might also find itself burdened with obligations that you did not realise were part of the deal.
How can we help you with contracts?
Legal advice often identifies hidden risks in contracts.
We are familiar with the range of contracts that organisations enter into and will ensure that you have well-written contracts that minimise the risk of costly and time-consuming disputes but also protect you if things do go wrong.
Our Commercial Contracts team provides advice and assistance in connection with drafting, reviewing, interpreting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of contracts and commercial issues that will affect your organisation including:
- IT support services
- Website development
- Uniform & sports kits
- Facilities management
- Fundraising & sponsorship
- Equipment leasing
- Hiring out your own facilities
- Tendering, contract negotiation & project management
Training on contracts
It is important that staff within your organisation have some understanding of the law and procedures involved in contracting. This will enable you to manage the process confidently.
Our experience tells us that some organisations feel poorly-equipped and under-resourced when it comes to understanding contracts and analysing the risks of entering into them.
We can help you to combat this issue by offering you training on subjects such as:
- The basic principles of entering into contracts
- The use of standard terms and the battle of the forms
- Contract risks and how you can limit your exposure