Commercial & Contract Law

Many businesses need a little help to establish or amend policies and procedures for undertaking business.

The area of law which covers the day to day conduct of business is Commercial law, sometimes known as business law or corporate law. It relates to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and organisations engaged in business, merchandising, trade, and sales.

Much of commerce is undertaken by agreement or contract, sometimes written but sometimes verbal or implied. Most people would agree that it is better to be clear and transparent when engaged in commerce. Consequently it is usually helpful to have clear, straight-forward and unambiguous terms & conditions (T&Cs) and contracts.

Sometimes such agreements can be fundamental to the success of the business. Indeed it is normal for contracts to cover the purchase and sale of the business itself.

We can help you draw up or revise relevant T&Cs, contracts and agreements so that your business operations can run smoothly. We can also help you to ensure that you are compliant with statute and regulations and to reduce risks of being embroiled in disputes.

Our experienced team offer a practical and professional approach tailored to individual business needs. You will receive individual attention and personal client care from highly experienced solicitors who have the skill and experience needed to be able to offer effective solutions.

We can advise on matters such as:

  • Trading terms and conditions
  • Supply and framework agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Sales of goods agreements
  • Agency agreements
  • Distributor and reseller agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Supply of services agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • E-commerce
  • Website terms and conditions of use
  • Website cookie policies
  • Website and general privacy policies
  • Trades Descriptions Act
  • Distance Selling Regulations
  • Trading standards
  • Data Protection
  • Sub-contracting and outsourcing
  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Business reorganisation

Employment related issues

Some of the items above border closely on employment legislation. For example outsourcing agreements may need to be carefully considered in the light of obligations for Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE). Agency and consultancy agreements need to be carefully framed to avoid establishing unintentionally any employment rights for the agent or consultant.

Our commercial team works closely with our employment law specialists.

Health check

You may not have any specific problems but just want some reassurance that your policies, contracts and T&Cs are robust.  If you wish we can undertake a “health check” to look at some of these. Please contact us to discuss further.

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