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Agency, Distribution and International Trade

For almost 20 years we have specialised in advising clients on their agency and distributorship arrangements.

Much of our advice is based on the Commercial Agents Regulations and the EU Agents Directive and the judgments from courts both in the UK and the EU. But we have also seen how national laws can protect distributors or expose suppliers to claims when their distributorship agreements come to an end.

Overall the Directive and the Regulations fundamentally impact on the relationship between principal and agent.

Our agentlaw team is a dedicated group of commercial and dispute resolution lawyers who have an in-depth understanding of this relationship and that which exists between suppliers and their distributors. We have a wealth of experience in this area and routinely act for both agents, principals, distributors and suppliers. The team provides specialist technical expertise in relation to the rights and obligations of parties to agency and distributorship agreements in order to maximize performance, minimise exposure or maximise claims depending on who we are advising.

We tackle difficult issues head on and suggest commercial answers.

Our specialist website www.agentlaw.co.uk gives insight into how agency and distributorship relationships are governed and how the Regulations and applicable case law are determining the future. It offers an up-to-date statement of developments and provides key information on the establishment, operation and termination of agency and distributorship agreements.

Find examples of our recent work here

Stephen Sidkin is held in high regard for his significant expertise in commercial transactions. He is particularly highlighted for his in-depth knowledge of agency agreements. Impressed sources say that "he knows his stuff and is highly efficient," and also mention "he is a good technical lawyer steeped in commercial law." (Chambers UK, 2017)

‘Noted specialists in agency and distribution agreements, advising principals, suppliers, agents and distributors. Acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients, with particular strength in fashion.’
(Chambers UK, 2014)

Stephen Sidkin is a recognised "expert" on agency contracts and the Commercial Agent Regulations. He also handles supply, licensing and franchising agreements. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and has a great depth of understanding in this area of law."’
(Chambers UK, 2014)

Recent news, articles and deals:

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Agentlaw seminar – Tuesday 27 November 2018more
Stephen Sidkin writes in Footwear Today - Agency termination: why it is important to know when it has happenedmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore

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  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
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