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Commercial contracts for retail

From research and development to getting a product to market, robust agreements are critical to protecting your assets, reputation and bottom line. Whether dealing with straightforward terms and conditions of sale or complex bespoke partnership agreements, our team of commercially astute lawyers can advise on a wide range of contractual requirements.

  • Industry experience – including four former in house lawyers and the experience gained from ten secondments.
  • Expert advice – covering all areas of commercial law including joint ventures, manufacturer, agency & distribution, procurement, sponsorship agreements, licence agreements, concession agreements, supply, hire & leasing, consumer contracts, e-commerce and online auctions.
  • Outsourcing experience – strategic approach to supplier appointment advising on outsourcing contracts and the complex issues that arise in respect of these arrangements such as KPIs, SLAs and transition.
  • Consumer law – including advice on competitions, prize claims, data protection, distance selling and e-commerce clients – including blue chip multi-nationals, owner managed businesses and small and medium sized enterprises.

Featured experience

A credit card partnership

Advising on the co-branding of a credit card partnership between two leading financial services brands. We advised on the contractual arrangement and IP issues, and negotiated the agreement on behalf of our client.

A leading dairy company

Advising on agreements for the outsourcing of logistics for a leading dairy company in the UK at short notice. This was one of a number of agreements that we have looked at for our client, previously providing packaging, promotions and related sales advice. By taking the time to talk through the charging provisions under the agreements we were able to ensure that there our client was not required to pay twice for the same service and that the agreements would be robust in different situations (such as volumes being lower, commodity prices increasing, fuel/transport costs increasing, customer requirements changing) and ensuring that these scenarios had been tested before the agreement was finalised.

A pre-wholesaling and contract logistics company

Advised a pre-wholesaling and contract logistics company on the structuring of its pre-wholesaling arrangements. This involved ensuring that competition law wasn't breached and that agency and retention of title issues were dealt with properly. These agreements have since stood the test of a very challenging customer of our client’s (and their lawyers) who queried every aspect of the arrangements.

An international specialist insurer

Advising an international specialist insurer on the outsourcing of a number of key functions to third party providers. The objective was to create a series of precedent agreements to be used multiple times across a range of services, was FCA compliant, would protect our client, offer varying options for different service areas (claims handling, loss adjusting and other services), and for the proposed joint marketing and collaboration with other financial services providers. Our strong insurance sector background meant that we understood the services being outsourced, the practicalities of dealing with claims and writing policies, and dealing with the regulatory issues involved in the agreements.

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