As Covid-19 continues to have an impact on the global supply chain, we consider how it may affect clients’ commercial contracts and which contractual provisions they can rely on to protect themselves if performance becomes increasingly difficult or impossible. Clauses in your contract that may help Force majeure: this clause excuses one or both parties from performance of the contract in some way following the occurrence of an unexpected event outside the parties’ control. Typically…continue reading
We have said it before but it is worth repeating, get it in writing! Why? Because time and time again we are consulted by those who have contributed creative work unpaid to a start-up business with the promise of a reward of some kind which then does not materialise. This week this same story has hit the papers again. Boohoo, the online fashion retailer that has seen a surge in revenue and profits is being sued…continue reading
Recently, I was thinking about the number of legal contracts that are entered into everyday by thousands, if not millions, of people that they may not event be aware of. From a legal perspective, every time you purchase a drink from a newsagent, or a t shirt from a high-street retailer, you are entering into a consumer contract to purchase goods. There is no written contract in place, but the terms of the contract are…continue reading
For most people in the UK, whichever side of the political divide they sit, mentioning Brexit is fast becoming the equivalent to running over your neighbour’s cat. Careless, disrespectful and, ultimately, unforgivable. However, you’re going to have to forgive me for bringing it up again. Not because I want to upset you but instead because I want to warn you (and I promise this isn’t project fear). I need to warn you that now is…continue reading
This is probably the most effective and straightforward piece of legal advice you can get – get it in writing! This is true regardless of what stage of your career you are at, or even what industry you are in – as soon as you enter into agreements with other people, and rely on them professionally, it is always advisable to get your agreement in writing. This is especially true for those working in the…continue reading
Those of you who follow British politics closely may have heard about something called “Brexit”. Don’t worry if you haven’t, it’s been kept quite under the radar, but I’m here to tell you that it’s actually quite a big deal. In short, the UK is going to be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 and this is going affect businesses in a number of different ways. Businesses most likely to notice a change are…continue reading
Whether you are an artist who has chosen a manager, or a manager wishing to represent an artist, you need to discuss and agree the terms of this agreement before getting started. The first issue which is usually discussed is payment – how will the manager be paid, and how much? How and how much are managers paid? Managers are usually paid on commission, meaning they are paid a percentage of what their artist earns.…continue reading
Love them or hate them contracts are a vital tool for any business. In spite of this, a huge amount of the commercial disputes which we deal with on a daily basis start with a client coming to us with no written agreement to rely on. In situations such as this we’re instantly on the back foot, we can’t point to particular clause which shows that the other side acted unlawfully and, because of this,…continue reading
IT Development Contracts from Hell Many IT developers commence IT systems development work for clients, be it software systems development or web application development, on the basis of their standard IT development contract. This contract may not be legally drafted and when an IT development project hits bumps in the road the absence of a comprehensive and carefully drafted standard development contract is often bad news for an IT developer. A good contract serves not…continue reading
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