Contracts underpin almost all commercial relationships and business transactions. At Brodies, drafting, advising and negotiating legal agreements is the day-to-day business of many of our lawyers who have years of experience in guiding clients through the process of entering into a contractual relationship. We understand the importance of drafting contracts appropriately to manage risk and liabilities and put our clients in the strongest position possible to achieve their business objectives.
Commercial contracts can comprise anything from the everyday terms and conditions for purchase and sale of goods and services, distribution or agency agreements, franchising arrangements, supply of equipment and support and maintenance contracts to the more unusual and one-off contracts such as manufacture of medical implants, development of behavioural monitoring equipment, supply of farm workers services, manufacturing of an industrial press and leasing of whisky casks, to name but a few! We use and adapt our tested legal and business knowledge to draft and advise on some of the less common contracts that our clients need for their business.
Some recent examples include:
- Advising Dutch transport giant Abellio on its winning bid for the £7 billion ScotRail Franchise, including advising on the merger clearance, and on all corporate and commercial aspects of the transfer of the ScotRail business, including the 5000 employees and the infrastructure and arrangements necessary to deliver 86 million passenger journeys each year.
- Advising international franchisor, Scotwork, on the reorganisation of its franchise network licences for the Spanish-speaking territories in the Americas and Western Europe
- Advising on the letting of the contract that governs the running of rail passengers services by ScotRail
- Advising on a contract for crane lifts by the leading crawler crane company
- Drafting agreements for car park security and ticketing
Commercial contracts feature in all business types whether you work in a business which supplies heavy machinery or high volume industrial goods, high end online publishing industry, events promotion and management, ticketing or logistics. We work with clients who operate in almost every sector of the Scottish economy, including aviation & defence, food & drink, technology, life sciences, retail, hotels & leisure, transport and forestry.
You can have confidence that our lawyers will listen to you, seek to understand your requirements in the context of the commercial deal and then draft or revise a contract that reflects your objectives. Many of our commercial contracts lawyers have worked previously in-house or spent time on secondment to clients so they really understand what's important to clients. We also have the knowledge and expertise to deal with a contract where things are not going as planned. What we provide is a combination of legal knowledge, business experience and practical, sensible advice.