Our specialist lawyers advise sales agents and principals on disputes relating to all aspects of commercial agency law. These can arise at any stage of the agency and if not resolved quickly they can sour what was previously a productive relationship between agent and principal.
We have been involved in some of the leading cases in this area, many of which involve the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.
Many disputes are resolved at an early stage and without needing to go through the Court. This helps agents and principals to avoid the anxiety, time and cost of dealing with the dispute, Court proceedings and giving evidence at trial. We are very experienced in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation or other forms of dispute resolution.
Commercial agency disputes can involve:
- Issues and claims arising from termination of the agency contract, such as:
- Which party terminated the agency contract and whether they were entitled to do so.
- Whether the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 governed the agency contract or whether the laws of another country are applicable.
- Claims for compensation or indemnity and how these are valued.
- Claims for outstanding commission.
- Claims for payment in lieu of notice where the principal has given insufficient notice of termination.
- Issues relating to the performance of the sales agent and the options available to the principal.
- Issues relating to the conduct of the principal (including reductions in territory or removal of customers) and the options available to the sales agent.
- Issues relating to retirement of the agent.