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Contracts are a key part of a successful business; ensuring your contracts are expertly drafted from the start reduces your exposure to risk. We work with you to deliver contracts that both protect and add value to your organisation, acting as an extension of your team to achieve your commercial objectives. We can also assess your current contracts, evaluating strengths and weaknesses to avoid potential problems or disputes.

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An extension of your team

With an in-depth understanding of business and industry, we can assist you with complex contractual arrangements or provide simple ad-hoc guidance across all areas of your business. We take time to understand your commercial objectives and deliver bespoke legal advice – always tailored to the context of your organisation. Highly responsive and flexible, our lawyers understand the need to react swiftly so your business always has the support it needs.

We have the expertise and resources to assist you with UK contracts as well as those with an international dimension, supporting your operations across different jurisdictions. We also draw on expertise throughout our firm to minimise your risks and maximise value in your business. Whichever business function or contractual aspect on which you need advice, our guidance is always considered and our contracts technically excellent, so you can be confident your business is best positioned to meet your objectives.

Highlights

Our Commercial Team has been involved in a number of high-profile matters. Highlights include:

  • acting for a major European vehicle manufacturer, negotiating an agreement for the sale of 300 commercial vehicles and provision of repair and maintenance services, including complex repurchase arrangements
  • advising a legal expenses insurance provider in relation to a scheme for the provision of claims handling services to support general insurance to be sold through a national broker network and via a national retail brand. This included negotiating on a number of subcontracts with service providers
  • acting for a national fuel supply business, working with both the commercial and in-house legal teams providing advice on contracts of supply and purchase, reviewing and advising on public and private tender documentation
  • acting for a major UK retailer and supporting its in-house legal team in connection with a wide range of contracts, including supplier contracts, advertising agency contracts, event sponsorship and online marketplace terms and conditions

  • drafting and negotiating sponsorship and endorsement contracts for a major luxury nail brand
  • acting for a company in the defence, security and justice sector, providing advice in connection with their contracts with government entities such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • acting for AirTanker in connection with a Power by the Hour Agreement providing for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of parts for an aircraft used by a commercial airline
  • negotiating a multi-site landfill gas collection and electricity generation agreement for a landfill site operator client

Expertise

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • collaboration and joint venture agreements
  • manufacturing agreements
  • marketing and reseller agreements
  • OEM and manufacturing
  • outsourcing agreements
  • partnership agreements
  • procurement and Purchasing Agreements
  • R&D and design services agreements
  • services agreements and frameworks
  • software licensing and support agreements
  • sponsorship agreements
  • standard trading terms and conditions
  • supply contracts and sourcing

We have time and again benefited from the professionalism, flexibility, knowledge of law and commercial prowess of Kate Westbrook. She has never failed to respond with positivity, reassurance, and most importantly invaluable legal counsel. We would not hesitate to recommend her and Thrings.

Sean Lumley, Group Strategy Director, TorchlightGroup Limited

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