Agency disputes

Agency and distribution disputes solicitors


Our experienced team can provide advice from the very start of an agency relationship through to termination and beyond whether you are an agent or a principal. In the circumstances of a dispute where there is a possible claim, such as when an agency relationship is terminated you should seek legal advice from our agency team who will give you pragmatic, commercial advice on your position and the solutions that may be available to you.

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Depending on the circumstances, avoidance is better than dealing with disputes. The starting point is a well-drafted agreement, which sets out the roles, duties and expectations of both the agent and the principal, as well as setting out mechanisms for termination, and what must, or must not, happen after termination. There are many different types of agency. Many, but not all, forms of agency are defined under and regulated by the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Those that are will be governed by legislative framework, which determines the contractual relationship between principal and agent, including the rules and duties of each party, remuneration of the agent and the requisite periods of notice to terminate the agency relationship.

The regulations also provide terms on the payment of compensation and indemnity should a contract be terminated. It is this area where most disputes arise, which is why it is vital to know how to set that relationship up properly and how to handle things when they break down.

We advise both principals and agents on all aspects of the regulations, including the preparation of technically sound agency agreements, advice on strategically terminating an agency contract and guidance on what to do before and after a termination. For principals, it is about understanding what is required of you and minimising any potential exposure, while agents should ensure that all matters are dealt with fairly and suitable recompense is awarded at the end of the contract or relationship.

Our commercial litigation solicitors have many years’ experience in all aspects of agency law and are committed to helping clients achieve an early and amicable resolution to any disputes. Together we will explore your options, including alternative dispute resolution – such as mediation – and work to fulfil your needs and objectives.

To discuss a dispute with us, please call 0333 323 5292, or fill in our enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to get back to you.

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