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.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson, CEO
We use Harper James because they understand the venture capital sector we operate in, know our business inside out and are always on hand to assist us in any way we need.
Doug Scott, CEO
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Jill Shaw, CEO
Speed of turnaround and clear advice
Ian Rose, Head of Networks
AllStar Business Solutions
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
Expand your business with legal protection in place
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.
Create new revenue streams
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.
No need to increase overheads
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 £125 per hour and continue to regularly work with the Harper James team across a range of business legal services.
Examples of our work
New £5K Intellectual Property funding for SMEs as Government shows commitment to innovation
3 September 2021
In July, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced the government’s innovation strategy, which includes support for UK companies to develop and grow their intellectual property strategy. …
Supporting world-leading Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to do its best work
2 September 2020
As the aerospace commercial arm of Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Limited (popularly known as CAeS) benefits from an impressive pedigree that stretches back almost …
We are Digital: changing lives with digital and financial skills
27 May 2020
We are Digital is a pioneering digital inclusion agency and provider of training courses based in the West Midlands. Set up in 2012 to help …
Hospify: The healthcare messenger that’s coming of age in the era of Covid-19
30 April 2020
Hospify’s time is now. As one of the outlier companies that’s thriving in the challenging era of COVID-19, the healthtech start-up’s messaging platform is in …
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:
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Commercial and Corporate Solicitor
Kate is a commercial and corporate lawyer, advising businesses from start-ups up to global companies on everything from investment and franchising to sale and purchase transactions, exits and much more.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
Karen Mason has over 30 years’ experience practising business law. She has been a senior lawyer and partner in private practice as well as in-house counsel to some of the UK’s most highly regarded broadcast, media and internet companies.View profile
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:
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.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.