Agency Agreements

Get your products and services into new markets or territories with the legal protection of a professionally drafted agency agreement.

Intelligent and focused business expansion is the key to success in challenging marketing conditions. Agents are one means of getting your product into new markets without the overhead of a new office or retail presence. Develop an agency strategy for your business, lead by our expert commercial solicitors.

Expand your business with an expertly drafted agency agreement

Our team of commercial contract solicitors can support you as an agent or supplier with:

  • Advice on agency agreements and the right route for your busines, whether that’s an exclusive agreement, a sole agency agreement or a non-exclusive agreement.
  • Defining the parameters of your agency agreements ensuring they detail the rights and obligations of both parties.
  • Drafting your agency agreements to ensure your business is legally protected.
  • Advice on Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 and UK and EU competition law so you are aware of how the regulations and law apply to your business model and your agreements.
  • Reviewing and redrafting existing agency agreements to ensure that they remain fit for purpose and consistent with your strategy.
  • Advice on exiting the agreement.
  • Dispute resolution services if there is a dispute over the terms of the agreement.

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Essentials of agency agreements

Agency agreements are regulated by the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 and competition law, so they need to be tightly drafted to avoid legal pitfalls. Working with you to understand your business goals, we’ll help you answer the following questions when drafting your agreement to ensure you get the best possible commercial benefits:

  • Is the territory in your agency agreement clearly defined? And which jurisdictions are covered by the Regulations (or by equivalent regulations)?
  • Is the agency agreement legally binding and do the contents fall foul of Commercial Agent Regulations or competition law?
  • What will be the duration of the agency agreement?
  • What are the requirements regarding payments to the agent?
  • Are the terms of the agreement clear or could terms be implied under common law?
  • What is the mechanism for ending the agreement?
  • If there is a dispute with an agent does the agreement cover how the dispute will be resolved?
  • Can the terms of the agency agreement be varied by the parties? If so, how?

How an agency agreement will help your business develop

With the right legal support and agency agreement in place, your third-party agents can help get your product into new markets to increase your economies of scale and market reach.

Generate additional revenue with an agency agreement to move into new territories. With a carefully drafted agreement in place your business could quickly and economically develop.

Access new markets without the cost of hiring new staff and without hours of your time spent searching for the right team. With an agent in place there’s no need to significantly increase your overheads but you retain control of your business and its expansion.

Who we help: From bold start-ups to high growth SMEs

We support a wide range of ambitious entrepreneurial clients and growing businesses keen to expand their offering and explore cost-effective solutions to do so. We aim to make legal support more accessible for start-ups and scale-ups, ensuring that you’re able to work with experienced solicitors to move your business forward. This is all made possible by our legal subscription plans, with which you can access legal support from as little as £99 per hour and continue to regularly work with the Harper James team across a range of business legal services.

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

We can assist with the expansion and increased profitability of your business through carefully drawn up agreements. Our commercial solicitors have a wealth of experience and business acumen in successful commercial strategy and in identifying your potential business expansion routes, whether that’s through an agency agreement, a sale and distribution agreement, or otherwise. Working with your business we’ll ensure it is legally protected with the right agreements are in place.

Our solicitors have worked at partner level in top 100 firms or in house at major international businesses, and have considerable experience supporting businesses across each stage in their growth. Find out more about the commercial team here:

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.

Enterprise

Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.

On-Demand

For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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