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Commercial Contracts

Commercial Contracts

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For commercial certainty and to protect your business, all of your contracts should be in writing and properly executed, which poses challenges especially when many agreements are now electronic or made online. Contracts that do not clearly set out the responsibilities and liabilities of all parties, or for which the final text is unclear or the formalities have not been met, can cause expensive and time-consuming damage to your important business relationships.

Our team of commercial lawyers provides advice on, and handles the drafting and negotiation of, a wide range of commercial contracts across many different sectors. This includes agreements relating to:

  • the supply of goods and services;
  • agency and distribution arrangements;
  • terms and conditions of business;
  • the exploitation of intellectual property; and
  • franchising arrangements.
If you are trading or have business interests elsewhere in the European Union, you will also need to take account of competition rules which can potentially render important provisions in your agreements unenforceable, as well as exposing you to possible fines and claims for damages. There may be exemptions which will apply, such as those for vertical agreements (such as distribution agreements) and technology transfer agreements. Depending on the nature of the agreement, you may also need to take account of laws such as the Commercial Agents Regulations, which provide a range of protection for commercial agents including rights to compensation on termination of the contract.

Key Contacts

Kevin Fletcher - Consultant

Kevin Fletcher

Consultant

+44 (0)1604 463373

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Bill Thatcher - Partner

Bill Thatcher

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532709

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Meet the team

Latest testimonials

"He brings clarity to the situation, breaks it down and comes to a conclusion"
Client testimonial / Chambers & Partners

"Bill Thatcher. Gentle in nature but shrewd. He puts the client at ease and uses his excellent intellect and communication skills to identify the client’s needs and their exact legal solution. He also writes legal documents in clear, legal language which is easy to understand by the client and third parties. Bill is always on time and is appreciated for his professionalism and clear legal contracts. He also has a board expertise in the type of contracts needed for our sector (biotechnology/life sciences)."
Client testimonial / Legal 500

More than an accomplished legal adviser, Bill Thatcher is a resource for the development of our company’s business practices, a sounding board for our new ideas and, in many ways, a mentor to our in-house team. His responsiveness, sophistication, practicality and deft negotiation skills make Bill an invaluable part of our team."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Excellent client service, responsiveness, appreciation for business considerations and cost-effectiveness, billing transparency, and industry knowledge/expertise."
Client testimonial c/o Legal 500

"The team finds an excellent balance between paying good attention to detail while keeping a sensible commercial view of any points at issue."
Client testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Hewitsons offers a broad spectrum of specialist support for whatever commercial issues you face.”
Client testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“James Lawrence has a first rate legal mind, and his advice is always succinct and completely on the point.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500