Commercial Contracts

In today’s fast-moving automatic document generating world with its electronic communications, getting your contracts right is a vital skill. That way you will always know the risk/benefits of all your contractual dealings.

We have dealt with a myriad of different types of contracts. These vary from basic supply or purchasing terms – differing between when you sell online or whether you sell to a business or a consumer, as different rules apply – to complex national and international agreements subject to English law. The stevensdrake team have acted for public bodies and private companies bidding for major public tenders (Paul’s largest matter was a £160m outsourcing) and in relation to national logistics contracts, technically complex management and services contracts as well as IT contracts.

Sensible pragmatic commercial advice and opinions honed by Paul’s 17 years’ in-house lawyer experience can be given taking into account the strength of negotiating positions, balancing risk and benefit (why do you not charge more than your original quote for taking on an extra risk that a customer has subsequently required you to write into the contract?) and understanding the sharing of the liabilities. These issues crop up in all agreements and we can help with agency agreements, distribution arrangements, partnership/membership/shareholders agreements, manufacturing agreements, services agreements, consultancy agreement, selling online and all other unique and individualistic contracts which need to be drawn up. That said, getting the deal done within the key commercial parameters is key and we do not lose sight of the wood for the trees.

If required, for a very modest fee indeed, we are happy to attend at your offices and give an informal contracts teach-in to your sales and sales order processing staff so they understand the issues and can be sensitive to arising contract issues concerning its formation and construction issues, the ‘battle of the forms’ and what clauses and terms actually mean. We have undertaken this at various clients in the past and it is always well-received and appreciated.