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We draft, review and negotiate: Shareholders' Agreements Agency & Distribution E-commerce T&Cs Online Services Joint Ventures NDAs Tradesmen's Contracts Website T&Cs Terms of Business SaaS Agreements Franchising Documents IP Licensing Manufacturing Agreements Sale of Goods Contracts White Labelling Social Media Marketing Company & Business Sale Agreements and much more...

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Drafting: 

Working towards a new business deal and think you need some sort of contract or other legal document, but don't quite know where to start? 


Review & Repair: 

Wondering how to deal with a commercial contract you've received or unsure about the wording of a contract?


Just a a few of the things we are dedicated to helping our SME clients with- more details here.

 

Our Pricing:

We offer clear and business-friendly pricing options: 1. Single fixed price or 2. Itemised pricing.  


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Contract Drafting

We'll help you draft your commercial contracts.

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We help respond to draft contracts and improve poorly or inappropriately drafted contracts

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Legal Templates

Your online library for your contracts & documents for immediate use. Saving thousands for SMEs and individuals.

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Contract Negotiations

We help you prepare for commercial contract negotiations.

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Help and guidance with your business legal issues.

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A multi-source help and guidance for SMEs covering Government support for business during Covid-19 and guidance for SMEs and larger businesses

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If you're affected by Coronavirus and need a business contract or document.

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Small, medium-sized businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs & self-employed

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Our core services are all highly relevant to the challenges that arise from the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Drafting contracts from scratch that are either 'neutral' so that you can decide what tweaks and changes are needed to reflect your immediate and urgent commercial needs, or preparing contracts and related business terms hat are 'bespoke' and include your detailed requirements.
  • Reviewing draft contracts that you have prepared yourself or that you have received from your counter-party.
  • Amend and repairing contracts that are in circulation between your business and a counter-part.
  • Helping negotiate your commercial contracts and deal with Coronavirus related issues, such as supply chain stress.
We have also created a number of helpful articles and blogs on how Coronavrus is affecting business.

Our blog section includes the following very useful commentaries and articles and is updated daily as this is a fast developing situation as we all know:







At Contracts-Direct, we aim to give you the functionality of a commercial contracts manager.

Our simple but important objective is to provide your business with support when you are dealing with the formation of a business contract.

We can do any or all of the following for you:
  • Draft a contract from scratch that is either 'neutral' so you can decide what tweaks and changes are needed to reflect your commercial needs, or prepare one that is more 'bespoke' to include your more detailed requirements.
  • Review and comment on a draft contract that you have prepared yourself or that you have received from your counter-party.
  • Amend and repair a contract that is in circulation between your business and a counter-part.
  • Help negotiate your commercial contract.
We are not legal advisers, but we do have many years of advising on commercial agreements of all shapes and sizes.

And if we feel that for any reason we can't help you, we'll tell you straight away so you don't waste your time.

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The answer we can help the following and many others besides in need of our bespoke commercial contract services, please just ask us:

  • Business owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Commercial managers
  • Start-ups
  • Trading companies
  • Service businesses
  • Sole traders
  • Contract negotiators
  • Company executives
  • Trade Associations
  • Charities
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Consumer groups
  • Line managers
  • In-house Counsel
  • Professional firms
For more about our Services.

Please see our pricing options and  our popular Easy Pay Packages.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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You may know or worry that your business T&Cs, terms of sale, service level agreements etc are getting a bit tired or maybe are out of date.

When was the last time you reviewed or even looked at them?

If you have these sorts of concerns or feel you just want to freshen them up or perhaps you have come across a competitor's terms that look better than yours, then it's probably time for a review.

We can help you with this and also providing a replacement to keep your business up to date.

For more about our Services.

Please see our pricing options and  our popular Easy Pay Packages.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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Here is some of our more recent things we have helped clients with, and then of course there are the many years of professional commercial legal practise experience that went before that:

  • Drafting services agreements
  • Preparing and reviewing website T&Cs
  • Reviewing and amending non-disclosure agreements
  • Drafting Sales Agency Agreements for UK consumer products
  • Review & amend Charity's sponsorship and fund-raising agreement
  • Drafting website terms and conditions
  • Reviewing shareholders' agreements
  • Reviewing business sale and purchase documentation
  • Drafting heads of terms for joint venture 
  • Drafting collaboration Memorandum of Understanding
  • Undertaking due diligence on property and related assets
  • Commercial leases
  • Project managing contract reviews and responses
Just to stress, we are not a legal practise and don't give legal advice, but we do draw on our prior knowledge and extensive experience in advising commercial and corporate clients.

Please see our pricing options and our popular Easy Pay Packages.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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Because we are a bespoke service, we will be clear if, for some reason, we are unable to help you.

This could be simply because we think the job is not possible to do in the time you need it completed, or because of one of the following reasons (not exhaustive):

  • Scope not sufficiently well defined
  • Outside our skill base
  • Conflict of interest
  • Inadequate template
Whatever the reason, we will tell you as soon as we can that we will have to pass because we don't want to waste your time. We may, if you wish, refer you onto another professional service to provide the help you need.

But our first approach will always be to try to assist if we can.

Please see our pricing options and our popular Easy Pay Packages.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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We know the thought of incurring legal fees can be a big turn-off for any business. This is one of the reasons we have set up Contracts-Direct.com.

Time-based fees vary from law firm to law firm and regionally.

Unbiased.co.uk gives some clues on some typical services you might need and the average cost you can expect.what it costs to instruct a solicitor for business. In our experience, even these average costs are on the low side (e.g. a shareholders' agreement) and there's VAT on top as well to consider:

ServiceTypical cost

Drawing up an employment contract£350 - £520
Arranging a commercial lease£600 - £900
Creating terms & conditions for consumers£550 - £750
Arranging a shareholders’ agreement£750 - £1,250
Application for a Tier 2 Visa
(needed if bringing in a skilled employee from overseas)
£2,700 - £3,800

Lawyers in the larger commercial firms charge higher fees and enjoy correspondingly generous returns- this list of earnings provides an insight. For the most part, these are all very well run professional businesses, but we know that many SMEs cannot afford their services.

For comparison, even a trainee lawyer's average salary is often greater than a SME owner's, and payscale.com says that:

"An early career Small Business Owner / Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £32,500 based on 11 salaries. A mid-career Small Business Owner / Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £25,962 based on 7 salaries. An experienced Small Business Owner / Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £26,015 based on 12 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £35,493."

The Government website  provides further guidance on hourly fee rates for lawyers.

Time-Based billing
This is the most common way solicitors bill for their services. Rates vary between cities, regions, and even within towns. This legal fees map gives regional guidance to fee rates in an easy-to-compare way.

Fairly typical fees per hour in the midlands, are:
  • Partners/Solicitors/Consultant- with at least 8 years post qualification experience: £295/hr
  • Solicitors/Legal Executives with at least 4 years experience: £250/hr
  • Junior Solicitors/Legal Executives: £200/hr
  • Trainee Solicitors: £125/hr
We strongly believe that businesses should be able to get help with their contracts at a reasonable cost and without having to worry that a contract may not even be able to pay for itself!

Therefore, our aim is to get you and your business off to a racing start without breaking the bank or requiring you to take out a second mortgage.

The great benefit we offer is that you get years of commercial contract drafting and negotiating experience at a fraction of the usual cost of a lawyer- see our pricing options and  easy pay packages and judge for yourself.

We're not here to do the lawyers out of business. They have (and will always have) an important role in giving legal advice.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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We have a very clear and straightforward pricing policy for our services that offers great transparency and cost effectiveness for businesses.

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Our easy pay packages for our services are published in clear terms on our website. They are a scaled monthly payment method to help you spread the cost of our services.

You will be asked to make a down payment so we can make a start to providing your service and the balance can be paid off via EasyPay.

Our fees reflect the facts that:

  • We are a purely online service, so there are no expensive meetings to provide for;
  • We don't have high street office overheads to pay;
  • We are committed to ensuring you get an affordable & competitive service.
Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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Drafting: You will be provided with a quote for the drafting based on what you tell us you need. This will be a fixed fee wherever possible. If for any reason we can't give you a fixed fee quote, we will offer a time-based fee quote instead.

Contract Review & Repair: We will give you a fixed fee quote when we have assessed the work to be done, with a time-based fee option, as for drafting.

Negotiation: We will estimate the costs and you will be asked to pay 50% before we start the work. If our estimate needs to be adjusted during the work, we will advise you and adjust the billing and payment.

When you have agreed our fee quote for one or more of our services, you will be asked to pay not less than 50% of the quoted fees before we start work.

You may take advantage of our EasyPay terms to pay the balance for any service and you will be asked to take out an EasyPay standing order at the time you accept the quote if that is payment method you would prefer to use.

If you don't use EasyPay, then you will be invoiced for the agreed fee when the service is completed.

Payments (including the down-payment) are made to our bank account via online transfer as detailed in our invoices and the EasyPay link.

Services are subject to our Terms of Business.

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Contracts set out what has been agreed between your business and another business or person.

They are important because they help clarify and confirm what has been agreed in discussions (perhaps via meetings or emails).

They help avoid misunderstandings and confusion that can arise when discussions are under way and consolidate the essence of what you want to see agreed.

Contracts also give rise to rights and responsibilities between the contracting parties that can be relied on if and when their terms are not being kept by one side or the other.

You can read Commercial Contracts Guide, which gives more details on contracts.

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At its simplest, a commercial contract is any document that records an agreement between two or more entities (i.e. between businesses).

There are some legal requirements to make a valid contract and these are dealt with in one of our publications.

Contracts can also be made orally, but these are relatively rare and normally give rise to problems to prove their terms.

Some contracts are simple and not very complicated, others can be quite long and complex. Contracts or whatever size or complexity form the backbone of commercial relations.

Your are welcome to read Commercial Contracts Guide.

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Contract drafting is preparing a written contract that aims to set out the terms of the agreement you have reached with another business or person.

What goes into a contract varies depending on several factors such as:
  • The subject matter of the agreement
  • The period of the agreement
  • The terms of what has been agreed
  • The price and payment provisions
  • The basis for termination
And much more besides.

For more details on commercial contracts, read Commercial Contracts Guide.

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Contract drafting the way we do it, starts with you telling us your requirements. We help you through this process.

If you don't already have a suitable base document:

Either:
Tell us what your requirements are and we will create the draft document for you.

Or:
Go to our sister legal documents & templates access site- LawDocs4All.comsearch, select, buy, download and send us your preferred document to work on.

A supplied base document may also be one you receive from your counter-party or a document from a previous deal.

We will make changes and insert the provisions you want to see in your contract and provide that to you as a draft for your review.

We try to work on a 'two turns' basis to maximise efficiency and minimise costs; meaning that we aim to produce no more than two drafts to get you a usable document. It may need more than this, but that depends on the level of complexity.

You can then use that draft to conclude your agreement.

If you need further help from us to get the deal done, you can ask us to help with negotiation as well.

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If you don't already have a contract template for your business, don't worry, we can help with that.

Let us know what you need in your own words and we will do our best to get a basic draft document ready for you.

Or, go to the business documents section of our sister website LawDocs4All.com where you will find information about a whole range of useful templates, along with explanations of what they are for.

You can find, buy and download to your own computer the template that you want, then send it to us with whatever instructions you want and we will then prepare it for your specific business needs.

The website has suggested business document collections that are designed specially to help businesses to get a range of documents they need. This is because we often find that a business will need more than just a single contract or document to fulfil a single or linked purpose.

These collections come with the added advantage of additional discounts- so buying say, three, documents at a time is cheaper than buying them separately.

Examples of the documents bundles are:

Templates For Clubs & Associations
Selected legal templates for use by Clubs & Associations including: Club Rules & Constitution, Employment Contracts, Web Design Agreement, Terms for a community website

Templates For Creative Works
Selected legal templates for creative works including: Technical Writing, Photography, Software Development, Product Development, Graphic design, Architecture, Fashion and Industrial Design.

Templates For Entrepreneurs
Selected legal templates for entrepreneurs starting up their company business including: Shareholders' Agreement, Articles of Association, Director's Service Contract, Company Administration Documents. Friends & Family Loan Agreement, Bookkeeping and Secretarial Services Agreements.

Templates For IT Services
Selected legal templates for Corporate IT Consultancy, Individual Consultancy Contract, Subcontractor Consultancy, Confidentiality Agreement.

Templates For SMEs
Selected legal templates for the following SME categories:
SME Starter
SME Growth
SME Expansion & M&A

Templates For Employers 
A selection of templates for use by employers including employment contracts, secondment agreements.

Remember that our drafts do not come with legal advice, so if you need any before using the contract or other document, let us know and we will point you in the direction of a lawyer.

The legal document templates in our library are all supplied by specialist online legal document publishers, who have been selected by us for their range and quality.

NetLawman.co.uk is our selected supplier for the business templates found on the Business Docs Portal. These are single documents accessed via our portal, and additional documents can be purchased if required, to which a higher discount applies. The prices for individual documents are exclusive to LawDocs4All.

With NetLawman's help, we are able to offer great value for money across a broad & diverse spectrum of business legal documents.

Our supplier selection criteria means that you receive high quality legal templates written in plain English and at a fraction of the cost if you were to approach a law firm.

NetLawman regularly receives top rated reviews for its documents and service levels and with good reason we feel. It is not the only legal document supplier, but its its careful attention to product detail and its professional approach sets it apart. It is also run, as is Contracts-Direct.com and LawDocs4All.com, by highly experienced lawyers with many years of practise behind them.

There are detailed guide notes provided for each template, explaining how and when they are to be used.

As a further assurance of quality, NetLawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD), which exists to:
  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.
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When you have created or received a draft contract document, it's very important to get it checked over against your own requirements. We can help you with this with our Contract Repair & Response Service.

Remember that:
  • A document you use from a previous deal will not necessarily meet the needs of the new deal you are trying to do; 
  • When you use a document supplied by the other side, it will usually be written in their favour and not in yours. 
  • Unless you carefully check all the terms you could be at a big disadvantage when the deal is finally agreed.
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As the title suggests, there are two distinct parts to this:

Review: This is where a draft contract is looked at to assess it against your business needs for the deal. The contract document is marked up with comments to draw attention to provisions that need attention or to be changed. The review is based on the deal's commercial terms.

Repair: After the review, the contract is then repaired and amended so that it reflects the terms that you need in your deal. Sometimes, this can involve only small changes. In other cases, quite a few amendments are needed to knock a contract into shape. A separate legal review can be carried out if needed when the contract's commercial terms are settled.

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Most contracts go through some sort of negotiation process. This can be via email, in meetings, in a pub or wine bar, on a car drive etc.

It can start with a simple chat or in a more formal process, where one business approaches another to do a deal. If the deal is going to go ahead, at some point a contract document is going to required.

There is a process to this and it involves a series of exchanges with your counter-party. Handling this stage can determine how you get to a successful conclusion.

Ignoring the basics can result in a bad deal for you and your business.

Preparing the draft agreement and presenting it to the other side, with explanations of key terms and changes, can be vital to getting a deal done that favours your business.

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In our many years of experience in contract negotiating and drafting we have come across many mistakes and errors, too numerous to mention here. Some of the more common (and avoidable) ones are:

  • Not naming the correct parties in the contract (it happens more often than you think!)
  • Inadequate or inaccurate 'recitals' or introductory points
  • Inaccurate definitions of contract terms
  • Inadequate definitions of contract terms
  • Incorrect commercial terms
  • Spelling and grammar errors & omissions
  • Failing to fully check through the contract before signing
  • Inappropriate 'boiler plate' clauses
  • Incorrect numbering and cross-referencing of clauses
  • Failing to properly date a contract
  • Not signing contracts under a correct authority
Any of the above issues or in combination can lead to contractual issues arising between the parties or cause actual disputes, therefore wasting time and money to resolve. They are best avoided via the drafting an review process.

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The essential parts to a commercial contract include the following:

Parties
The names, addresses (registered address in the case of companies) are set out at the start of the contract.The parties also are named at the end as well where they sign it.

Each party will be given a short name for the purposes of the entire contract, such as 'Seller', 'Buyer', 'Client', 'Contractor', or each may be identified by their initials e.g. Stefan Lithgow ('SL").

It's vital that the correct parties are named in the contract. This means making sure that within a group of businesses, the one that is to be responsible for undertaking the contract obligations.

An example of how the parties may be described:

"THIS AGREEMENT is made the [xx] day of [month] 2020  

BETWEEN:

(1) [Name] a company registered in the United Kingdom under number [xxxxxxxxxx] whose registered office is at [xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] (the “Company”) and

(2) [Name] a company registered in the United Kingdom under number [xxxxxxxxxx] whose registered office is at [xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] (the “Client”)"



Preamble or Recitals
This is the part of the contract that appears immediately after the names and addresses of the parties and before the Interpretation or Definitions clause.

The recitals set the scene, so to speak, and 'recite' in a fairly summary form how and why the parties have got to where they are, what the subject matter of their deal is and that they and have decided to make an agreement.

Sometimes, but not always, the recitals will form part of the agreed text of the contract. Usually, this is to ensure that any pre-contract representations that may have been made between the parties are expressly agreed to form part of their agreement.

An example of how recitals may be worded:

"WHEREAS:

(1) The Manufacturer manufactures the Products, as described in Schedule 1 and now wishes to sell the Products to the Client, together with certain services to maintain the Products.


(2) The Client wishes to purchase the Products from the Manufacturer and to distribute the Products in the Territory under its own brand names.


(3) The Manufacturer has agreed to fabricate and deliver the Products to the Client and provide the Services to the Client in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Contract.

IT IS AGREED as follows:"


Interpretation or Definitions
These come immediately after the recitals and are usually numbered Clause 1 in commercial contracts.

They are a key part of the mechanics of the agreement and must always be carefully crafted to ensure accuracy throughout the document.

All the words and phrases that are going to be used frequently in the contract are given a specific meaning to enable the document to flow when it is read and interpreted.

Some fairly typical examples of defined terms are to illustrate what they can look like are:

“Business”The business of the Company shall be the undertaking of <<Insert description of business of Company>> and such other business as may be determined from time to time by the Board in accordance with this Agreement;

“Shareholder”means, the Existing Shareholders, the Subscribers, the Principal Investor and any person to whom they may transfer their respective Shares pursuant to the Articles and this Agreement and “Shareholder” shall mean any one of them;

“Confidential Information”means all business, technical, financial or other information created or exchanged between the Parties in the course of fulfilling their obligations under this Agreement;

“Term”means the term of this Agreement, as defined in Clause [  ] of this Agreement.

Each contract will need to have its own unique set of defined terms to make it work properly and to avoid misunderstandings and disputes.

Express Terms
These are the real guts of a commercial contract and are to be distinguished from the 'boiler plate' clauses (see next).

The parties will have set about coming to a broad understanding of what they are agreeing to through meetings and other communications, and the main body of the contract will set out the details.

Very often, the parties will find that these clauses contain more than they expected to see, based on their own, often shorthand pre-contract exchanges. This is because contracts usually aim to protect parties' interests and to cover more eventualities than the parties themselves have had either the time, inclination or ability to properly consider.

A not untypical list of clause topics (e.g. for a services agreement) will contain the details of what is being agreed might look something like the following:

  • Scope of Services
  • Provision of the Services
  • Key-personnel
  • Home Office Support
  • Service Levels & KPIs
  • Fees and Payment
  • Term
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Reporting
  • Intellectual Property
  • Liability and Indemnity
  • Schedules:
    1. Systems
    2. Training Materials
    3. Telephone Numbers
    4. Resources
    5. Reporting procedures

'Boiler Plate' Clauses
This expression is often used when a contract is being drafted or referred to and it simply means provisions in a contract that are generally accepted as being a common feature in most forms of commercial contract.

The exact wording of 'boiler plate' clauses will likely vary from contract to contract, but whatever their exact formulation, they will essentially cover the same ground.

Boiler plate usually finds its place towards the end of a contract and rounds it off as a document. Often, the last two boiler plate clauses deal with the contract’s governing law, the jurisdiction and the method of resolving disputes.

Why does a contract need Boiler Plate clauses?

The selection of Boiler Plate clauses depends on several matters including the type and subject matter of the contract and the parties’ respective interests.

Boilerplate Examples 

The following are some common provisions that you might expect to find in a commercial contract, with some example wordings:

Confidentiality: imposes confidentiality obligations on the parties and can vary a great deal depending on the information and be protected and for how long, e.g.:

“Each Party undertakes that it shall, at all times during the continuance of this Agreement [and for 2 years after its termination] keep confidential all Confidential Information and not disclose any Confidential Information to any other party.”
 
Costs: establishes who pays for the preparation of the contract and can be varied depending on what is agreed, e.g.:

“The costs and expenses (including professional, legal and accountancy expenses) of the preparation, negotiation and execution of this Agreement and associated documentation shall be borne by the [Company] [by the parties in equal proportions].”

Duration: states the length of time the contract is to be in force for, e.g.:

“This Agreement shall continue in full force and shall bind each of the Parties for so long as he or she shall be the beneficial owner and/or registered member in respect of any Shares in the Company until the date of commencement of the Company’s winding up.”
 
Force Majeure: provides that if circumstances arise that are outside the control of the parties then their rights and obligations can be suspended for an agreed period, e.g.:

“No Party to this Agreement shall be considered to be in breach of or liable for any failure or delay in performing their obligations where such failure or delay is due to Force Majeure [which term will be defined in the Definitions clause]”


Governing Law: establishes the system of law to be used to interpret the contract and any disputes arising under it, e.g.:

“This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.”
 
Jurisdiction: establishes the court system that will be used to determine a dispute under the contract, e.g.:

“All disputes or differences between the Parties arising under or in relation to this Contact shall be referred to and finally decided by the Courts of England and Wales.”

Non-Assignment: prohibits assignment of a contract or part of a contract to another legal entity, e.g.:

“This Agreement is personal to the parties and neither party may assign any of its rights hereunder, or sub-contract or otherwise delegate any of its obligations hereunder, except with the prior written consent of the other party.”

Noticesprovides the methods by which the parties must give a contractual notice to one another and the clause can take many different forms, e.g.:

“All notices under this Contract shall be in writing and be deemed duly given if signed by, or on behalf of, a duly authorised officer of the Party giving the notice.”

A boilerplate notice clause may also include a deemed notice provision, such as:

“Notices shall be deemed to have been duly given under this Contract:
a. when delivered, if delivered by courier or other messenger (including registered mail) during normal business hours of the recipient; or
b. when sent, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail and a successful transmission report or return receipt is generated; or
c. on the third Business Day following mailing, if mailed by national ordinary mail, postage prepaid; or
d. on the fifth Business Day following mailing, if mailed by airmail, postage prepaid.

In each case notices shall be addressed to the most recent address, e-mail address, or facsimile number notified to the other Party.”

No Waiver: preserves the parties’ rights if they have failed to exercise them or waived them for an earlier breach by the other party who then commits a later one, e.g.:  

“No failure or delay by either Party in exercising any of its rights under this Contract shall be deemed to be a waiver of that right, and no waiver by either Party of a breach of any provision of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.”

Relationship of the Parties: establishes that the parties are only in a contractual relationship and no other type, e.g.:

“Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership, joint venture, agency, or other fiduciary relationship between the Parties other than the contractual relationship expressly provided for in this Agreement.”

Severance:  permits survival of the contract even if some of its provisions are held by a court to be invalid or unenforceable, e.g.:

“If any provision of this Contract is held by any court or other competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, this Contract shall continue to be valid as to its other provisions and the remainder of the affected provision.”

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The UK left the EU on 31st January and has entered a 11 month transition period while negotiations over the future relationship of the EU and UK proceed.

During the transition period, some things will change and others will stay the same- http://bit.ly/2GzRcfQ

EU law will continue to apply in the UK, as will rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the UK will be required to follow the same rules as an EU member state.

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Here are some key impacts of Brexit to be considered.

Commercial Contracts
There are relevant concerns for contracts already in place as well as for upcoming contracts – what are the provisions a contracting party should be looking for, and how can they best safeguard their position?

English contract law will not be affected during the transition period by the UK’s exit from the EU. It should be unnecessary to make changes to commercial agreements to deal with the UK’s exit during the transition period. Any changes to English contract law will depend on the outcome of the UK’s negotiations with the EU during transition.

It is recommended that businesses review existing commercial contracts and consider planning for future contracts, to see what (if any) impact any aspect of Brexit might have- e.g. increased tariffs or customs checks, currency exchange rates or restrictions on employment of EU nationals.

Each business will be affected differently so any Brexit related changes to contracts need to be considered carefully.

Options for existing contracts that are going to run on after transition may include termination or negotiating amendments to remain compliant.

For new contracts, consider clauses to safeguard against uncertainty, e.g. termination or a price change if a Brexit-related law or regulation.

Some useful recent recommendations that we have spotted from lawyers include:

"Brexit is likely to have a major impact on a range of issues with the potential to affect the parties' commercial bargain, such as tariffs on goods, exchange rates, VAT and changes to the framework of law relating to the parties' activities under the contract." Travers Smith

"Review mechanisms for pricing, given the potential for new import tariffs, VAT changes and other costs of trading. If the currency of the contract is sterling, look for any wording addressing serious fluctuations in its value. There may also be provisions for both parties conducting reviews and renegotiation of prices, especially in contracts with a particularly lengthy term." Charles Russell Speechlys

"Do not rely on existing contractual provisions – such as force majeure and material adverse change (MAC) clauses – or the English common law doctrine of frustration to resolve any difficulty that may arise in the performance of a contract following an event connected with Brexit, as they are unlikely to work." HFW

"Contractual interpretation will change post-Brexit.  References to, for example, the ‘territory of the European Union’ or the application of a specific term of EU law which has been superseded by UK legislation, may create the potential for disputes.  Law and Jurisdiction clauses may not be recognised by the EU courts post-Brexit." HFW

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I set up Contracts-Direct at the end of 2019, partly in response to requests I got from people who wanted some help with their family run businesses.

Having stopped full-time practise as a commercial solicitor, I was busy at the time developing a legal help platform called law-answers.com (another story- the site is to be re-launched in December '20).

I spotted an opportunity to keep my hand in with some drafting and reviewing and agreed to help out.

One thing led to another, as they say, and contracts-direct.com was born. What I discovered quite quickly was that businesses of different types and sizes really liked the fuss-free, efficient and above-all cost-effective turnaround that we were offering. So that's what we continue concentrate on and why we offer great fixed price rates, along with SMART pricing and EasyPay options to help with cost control.

I am just glad that I have found a way to continue to use my many years of experience in commercial practise to help to SMEs especially. It's a personal mission that has taken on extra relevance during Covid-19, when many clients have struggled to find a service they can afford.

Jeremy Cama
(now a non-practising Solicitor)
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Some of the recent help we have given includes the following documentation:
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  • White label manufacturing
  • Charity sponsorship and fund-raising agreement
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Shareholders' agreements 
  • Business sale and purchase 
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  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Collaboration Memoranda of Understanding
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