Our specialist lawyers are experts in this area and advise agents and principals on all aspects of commercial agency law, covering the full life cycle of an agency contract. This includes negotiating and drafting agency contracts at the outset of the relationship, advising on rights and remedies as issues crop up during the life of the agency contract and dealing with any issues and claims which may arise from the termination of the agency contract.
Our philosophy is to provide our clients with pragmatic, commercial and cost effective advice to help them achieve their objectives, build and maintain successful relationships and avoid costly and stressful disputes. While we have acted in several of the leading cases in this area, we have also helped many of our clients to settle claims amicably without the need for Court proceedings.
We represent clients across a wide range of sectors including:
- clothing, footwear, bridal wear and fashion;
- furniture and other homeware;
- flooring, bathroom, kitchen, heating and lighting products;
- medical devices and PPE products;
- electrical goods;
- the automotive industry;
- toys, gifts and greetings cards;
- jewellery; and
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Areas of Practice
We advise agents and principals on all aspects of commercial agency law, including whether the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 apply to the agency contract and the effect they might have. We cover the full life cycle of an agency contract:
At the outset of the agency â€“ agreeing the terms of the agency contract
During the agency - making changes to the agency contract
During the agency - rights and obligations under the agency contract
During the agency - Dealing with changes to the parties
At the end of the agency - termination of an agency contract
Claims that can arise following termination of an agency contract
Dealing with disputes
We can assist you at any stage of a dispute, from the very early stages of discussion, through to starting the Court process and on to trial if necessary. The vast majority of disputes can be resolved without having to go to Court and we are highly skilled at helping our clients to negotiate amicable settlements in a cost effective manner. The earlier we are involved, the more effective we can be.
For those disputes that cannot be settled, we are very experienced in taking or defending commercial agency claims to a successful outcome through the Court process. We have close links with barristers who specialise in this area and forensic accountants who can provide expert assistance on the valuation of compensation claims.
Dealing with Disputes