Commercial Contracts & Agreements

Sills & Betteridge has a team of specialist lawyers who have many years of experience in all aspects of commercial practice. We have considerable expertise in all aspects of commercial contract negotiation and drafting. We regularly act for clients both nationally and internationally, whether that be domestic companies with business abroad, or foreign companies doing business within the UK.

Our lawyers have successfully represented a number of principals and agents in claims for compensation under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. We can also advise on a range of legal issues that arise in connection with information technology including software, website development, software escrow, outsourcing, terms and conditions, and policies such as privacy or data protection.

The optimal protection and exploitation of your intellectual property (IP) rights is increasingly becoming a vital component in maximising the value of your business. Our experienced IP lawyers have extensive experience and can assist you in protecting your IP rights; exploiting them through, for instance, licensing arrangements or franchising; acquiring or disposing of IP and protecting your brand by enforcing your IP rights.

We are also regularly instructed by clients to assist in proceedings relating to the infringement of IP rights and our lawyers can deal with High Court injunctions, contested infringement matters and also proceedings for breach of contract to help secure your IP rights.

 

Matters we can help you with include:

  • agency and distribution agreements
  • brand management and protection
  • business to business agreements
  • confidentiality agreements
  • consultancy agreements
  • data protection
  • franchising
  • IP right registration and exploitation
  • outsourcing agreements
  • privacy policies
  • software licensing
  • supply agreements
  • terms and conditions, including terms of sale and terms of use
  • website development agreements

Client Feedback

  • DBS are delighted with the advice given by Euan McLaughlin regarding GDPR. Euan has helped us to make sense of this potential minefield and has put in place robust policies and terms that protect our organisation.

    David Clarke, DBS Internet Marketing
  • Corporate partner Martin Walsh, led a team from Sills, who were an integral part of the team working on our recent multi million pound Management Buy Out of Battles Ltd.

    Sills worked tirelessly to complete the transaction against a very tight deadline. Martin used his significant transaction experience and legal knowledge to find practical solutions to the inevitable issues that arose and provided some particularly sage advice when we had our most difficult meetings with the Vendor. Sills service levels were excellent, providing a fast response to communications and immediately turning around the transactional documents. I rate them very highly and would not hesitate in recommending Martin and the Sills corporate team to anyone buying or selling a company or business.

    Richard Dewey, Hayward & Bower Ltd
  • As CEO of  Sleaford Quality Foods I was delighted with the work  Sills & Betteridge very recently carried out for the group on the multi million pound acquisition in Sleaford of the land and building formerly occupied (following their closure) by Great Plains UK Ltd which site is directly opposite our current factory and Warehouse. Having been looking for land in Sleaford for some time to meet the demands of our very rapidly growing business,  our turnover is now in excess of £55 million, the location and the 8 acre plus site was perfect for us.

    I wanted the transaction completed very quickly so as not to lose the opportunity and to have minimum interference with our production. As suppliers of dried foods and spices to the food industry it was vital we did not let down our customers.

    I would in particular like to mention the work which Sills partner Martin Walsh, carried out for us in leading the Sills team. He worked very hard to ensure the transaction was completed to a very tight deadline.

    I have worked with Sills for a number of years and continue to be very impressed with them and have no hesitation in recommending Martin and the Sills team.

    James Arnold, CEO Sleaford Quality Foods Ltd
  • Chloe, we just want to take this opportunity to thank you. There are not enough words to describe just how amazingly you have handled this whole process for us. We can’t thank you enough for supporting us through what has been a challenging few months!!

    Mr and Mrs Richardson
  • I asked Sharon to look into carrying out some debt collection and from the very first communication, Sharon took away all the stress and hassle which this situation can bring. Sharon kept me fully informed with what was going on and carried out the work in a professional yet personable manner. It was great when Sharon told me all the debt had been collected with late payment interest added and for me, it was a stress and hassle free experience and I would highly recommend Sharon’s services.

    P. Hedley, Big Fat Pidgeon Productions
  • Wendy and her team worked brilliantly on a very challenging case with a great result – I gave them the information and they sorted it all out for me, professionally and efficiently . I would definitely recommend Wendy.

    P. Hobday
  • We were impressed with the quick and professional service and would be happy to recommend them, and will certainly use them again.

    R Bull & A Derbicz & Family
  • May I thank you for all your care and hard work. In all matters you proved to be most helpful in what was a most difficult and at times trying set of circumstances.

    Keep up the good work, thank you again.

    P. Robinson
  • I wanted to say a huge thanks to Wendy for the help and assistance she and her colleagues have given me over the past few years, on a personal and professional level.
    Wendy is at the top of her game and has a wealth of experience which can only be gained through proven work experience. The legal advice you get is second to none.
    I have used Wendy’s services for the buy out of my previous business partner, a commercial bad debt and the conveyancing of a property sale and purchase. Throughout all of my dealings with Wendy, she has been professional and treated my cases with the upmost priority and has always had my best interests at heart.
    Thanks again Wendy for all of your help and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.

    S Stewart

Commercial Contracts Team

Andrew Payne

Partner - Lincoln

Gary Phillips

Partner - Lincoln

Ed Capes

Partner - Lincoln

James Conduit

Partner - Lincoln

Martin Walsh

Partner - Lincoln & Nottingham

Andrew Kerrigan

Associate Solicitor - Lincoln

Branches Across Lincolnshire & Nottingham

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