What’s the first thing your lawyers do when looking over your agreement? Check that you actually have one!

A cornerstone of commercial lawyering is looking over current agreements in order to provide advice to the client on their rights and/or obligations. This often arises where a dispute is brewing or the client anticipates that one may be on the horizon. The starting point in such an analysis generally consists of the following questions: [...]

2019-06-26T22:43:55+00:00June 26th, 2019|Business Advice, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, Dispute Resolution|Comments Off on What’s the first thing your lawyers do when looking over your agreement? Check that you actually have one!

All care and no responsibility: Why unreasonable standard terms contracts might be a risk to your business

Historically, many businesses have sought to use their standard Terms and Conditions of trade (typically attached to an invoice or quote) to completely shield themselves from responsibility by incorporating clauses which heavily favour their own interests at the disadvantage of their customers or suppliers. The common logic for such an approach was that “if things [...]

2019-05-14T06:06:07+00:00May 12th, 2019|Business Advice, Contracts, Dispute Resolution|Comments Off on All care and no responsibility: Why unreasonable standard terms contracts might be a risk to your business

How to avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute

A recent survey* of small businesses shows how to avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute. Unsurprisingly late payment was the single biggest reported cause of disputes. Although 60% of businesses who had been though a dispute recently thought the dispute was dealt with fairly, more than half thought the time and effort required was unreasonable.   [...]

2019-03-25T02:09:18+00:00March 25th, 2019|Business Advice, Business Partnerships, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, Dispute Resolution|Comments Off on How to avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute

Why the dispute resolution clause in your contracts is important (A.K.A. Everyone is friends until they’re not!)

In preparing commercial contracts a clause will often be inserted (generally at the prompting of the drafting lawyer) to provide a procedure for dealing with disputes. Often, very little consideration is given to such clauses as parties to the contract are (quite understandably) more excited and focused on the project at hand and the best [...]

2019-02-05T21:37:10+00:00February 5th, 2019|Business Advice, Business Partnerships, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, Dispute Resolution|Comments Off on Why the dispute resolution clause in your contracts is important (A.K.A. Everyone is friends until they’re not!)