Comprehensive, enforceable, bespoke terms of business
Our team of commercial solicitors can support you with:
- Advice on specific terms of business for your venture.
- Amending or varying standardised terms of business for specific transactions or projects.
- Compliance with any applicable generic or industry-specific legislation or regulations.
- Dispute resolution in the event of disagreement with a third party.
- Drafting standardised terms of business for use with third parties.
- Enforceability of your terms of business.
- Fairness of terms to reduce the risk of future disputes.
- Harmonisation between terms of business and other commercial contracts, such as supply or distribution agreements.
- Interpretation of terms of business for compliance purposes.
- Negotiating specific amendments or variations required for particular transactions or projects.
- Preventing substitution of third parties’ terms of business.
- Reviewing terms of business provided by third parties and summarising key terms and obligations.
- Suggesting relevant updates to your terms of business as your business evolves.
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What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Our scale of growth would not have happened without the support of Harper James.
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.
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Ensure your terms of business work specifically for you
Having the correct terms of business in place is critical and investing in them at an early stage can save you time, money, and stress in the future. Standardising your terms of business and ensuring that they work for your specific venture creates certainty both for you and the third parties with who you are contracting. It also limits your liability, preserves cashflow and increases your business’ efficiency.
Businesses which recycle other organisations’ terms of business rather than creating their own, run the risk of entering into contracts which don’t adequately reflect their way of dealing, fail to provide proper protection or aren’t legally enforceable. Taking legal advice will eradicate these risks and result in terms of business which work for you and your venture.
Terms of business require careful consideration and may throw up unexpected questions or issues. Factors include:
- Product or service description
- Logistics and practicalities
- Boilerplate clauses
- Payment terms
- Termination events
- Liability limitations
- Guarantees, warranties and indemnities
- Intellectual property protections
- Confidentiality terms
- Implications of Brexit
What are the benefits of putting terms of business in place?
Protect your business
Future-proof your business from disputes and legal claims by including enforceable protections and limiting your liability in your terms of business.
Standardising your contracting terms
Ensure certainty across all your third-party contractual relationships by creating standard terms of business.
Increase business efficiencies
By having standard terms of business in place, your business can create streamlined and efficient processes which reflect those terms and minimises the risk of staff error.
A clear payment process in your terms of business can assist with your cashflow. It will ensure that third parties do not take advantage of relaxed payment terms and reduce the risk of you having to expend cash, for example on materials, before payment.
Save time and money
Reduce management time and costs spent on collecting debts and dealing with future disputes by putting comprehensive written terms with third parties in place.
Build your reputation
Contracting on fair, reasonable, and professional terms of business will increase your reputation with third parties, a particularly important consideration for start-ups and new business relationships.
Clarity as to which terms of business apply
Uncertainty can arise as to which organisation’s terms of business apply and substitution by one party of their terms of business is possible. By understanding these risks and what you can do about them, your business is less likely to face unexpected liabilities and costs.
Ability to vary specific terms
On occasion, it may be beneficial to amend or vary specific terms for particular projects or in relation to certain third-party relationships. If done correctly, this can be a fairly simply process where standard terms of business are already in effect.
Who we help: Ambitious, high growth businesses
Harper James Solicitors is purpose-built to support ambitious businesses from start-up to scale up. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand that getting legal support is vital at each stage in your growth. But at the start when the purse strings are tight, it’s not always that easy. Our aim is to make is simple. By offering you a legal subscription plan, you can get the legal advice you need at a more affordable cost than traditional law firms and a continued relationship with our solicitors, so you have experts to hand as and when you need them.
Examples of our work
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Meet the client: Ivan Harding, Co-Founder and CEO, Applaud
24 August 2020
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Hopin grow sixfold and show no signs of stopping
5 August 2020
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The sky’s the limit for Oxford Space Systems
16 July 2020
AS their name suggests, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) work at the heart of some of the most cutting-edge technology imaginable. They even use origami as …
Skillcast collaboration helps employees log on and learn about returning to work
16 June 2020
Harper James Solicitors and digital learning and compliance consultancy Skillcast are helping ensure thousands of employees can safely return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. From …
Performance marketing agency transforms service offering
8 June 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped innovative start-up Bidonomics to transform the way its marketing services are delivered. Bidonomics wanted to move away from the standard marketing …
From pirouette to pivot: Educational charity Arts Insight takes its performing arts classes online
16 April 2020
Harper James are delighted to be helping one West Midlands entrepreneur pivot her national performing arts charity into an online learning community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
We understand that each business is unique and that the risks it faces depends on its size, structure, industry, and objectives. Our commercial solicitors have the technical expertise and business acumen to understand your business and advise accordingly. We can assist you at all stages of your business’ lifecycle, from start-up to established national company, advising on the optimum terms of business for your venture and minimising the risks that your business may face. And because we understand that the legal support you require will not just end at producing terms of business, we can also provide you with integrated business legal services. Whether you require specialist intellectual property advice, corporate governance support, data protection audits or employment law guidance, we can help.
Plus, many of the team here at Harper James Solicitors has worked at partner level in top 100 firms or in-house at major international businesses so you get to access their wealth of experience, starting from just £99 per hour. Find out more about the 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
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
Emilia trained at SJ Berwin, moving to Reed Smith LLP and then as in-house counsel for Eurostar before joining the team at Harper James. She specialises in commercial transactions, particularly in commercial contract negotiation and SaaS products.View profile
Commercial and Data Protection Solicitor
Lillian previously worked in private practice and in-house (litigation and non-litigation) in the City of London, advising on the legal and commercial dilemmas any organisation faces.View profile
Rana is a commercial solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, data protection and financial services.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
Michelle regularly advises business owners on corporate and commercial legal matters. She was partner in a regional firm and has also spent time in-house at a Higher Education business dealing with its research, innovation and knowledge exchange contracts.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 £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
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.