Commercial contracts

Every business wants to avoid litigation and have certainty in its dealings. Putting business agreements in place will repeatedly save your business time and money otherwise wasted on avoidable disputes. Whether it’s a one-off complex agreement, standard terms of business or agreements between shareholders, we will help you to protect your business.

Our team's areas of expertise include:

  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • IT licensing, support and maintenance agreements
  • Agency contracts
  • Distribution agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Terms and conditions of business

Call us now on 01323 435 900 or email Partner Mark Williams to discuss how we can help you.


What our clients say

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Recent work

Contractors’ agreements

Nicholas Johnson acted on behalf of a specialist energy-efficiency company that sought to protect its intellectual property rights when working with other specialist sub-contractors in their tenders for projects. The company uses cutting-edge energy-efficiency technology in refurbishing and new-build leisure centres. This complex advice also involved robust intellectual property and confidentiality clauses alongside restrictive covenants/provisions.

New contracts for national lighting and furnishing firm

Gemma Ritchie acted for a national business that specialises in the manufacture of bespoke lighting and furnishings in drawing up several new contracts. As the business is going through a period of expansion, including opening a number of retail outlets, various new contracts were required to be put in place, both between the business and its customers (including terms and conditions of business, agreements governing the use of the customers' names in marketing materials, etc) and between the business and its various suppliers and service providers (including supply agreements, agreements governing ownership of intellectual property developed by the suppliers, etc). Gemma assisted the client in conducting an overview of its requirements and putting in place user-friendly documentation to cover its various needs going forward.

Contracts for global partnerships

Gemma Ritchie acted for a multi-national technology company, operating primarily in the security sector, in preparing a number of contracts governing their relationships with various global partners. Such contracts include confidentiality agreements, patent disclaimers, joint venture agreements and product licences. Throughout the drafting process, Gemma has liaised closely with the client's Head of Global Partnerships to put in place a comprehensive but user-friendly set of documents that meet the client’s specific requirements.

Franchise deals

Gemma Ritchie and Mark Williams frequently act on transactions involving international franchises including most recently McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and KFC. Transactions recently undertaken include sales and acquisitions of existing franchises as well as acting for franchisees on entering into a new franchise agreement. The transactions involve advising on the business and the franchise agreement itself and all property elements involved, bringing in members of the Gaby Hardwicke Commercial Property team as required.

International terms and conditions of business

Gemma Ritchie frequently advises a company operating in overseas jurisdictions in preparing contracts for supply of goods and services and terms and conditions of business governed by English law. These contracts and conditions require careful drafting to ensure action can be taken in the foreign jurisdiction if it proved necessary.

Dental services contracts

Gemma Ritchie and Mark Williams frequently advise in relation to various dental services contracts. Currently, Gemma is acting for a client in the preparation of an expense-sharing agreement governing the terms on which various dentists and hygienists who occupy the same building agree to share responsibility for the communal areas, equipment and expenses of their respective surgeries.



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