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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

"They're excellent. They keep themselves up to date and are polite, courteous and efficient."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They're efficient and quick to react."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Stephen Sidkin is knowledgeable in respect of international agreements, with the ability to foresee and point out potential issues."
(Chambers UK, 2019)


Recent news, articles and deals:

UK Supreme Court considers if software should be considered as ‘goods’ or ‘services’ following successful application by The Software Incubator more
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Brexit and your existing business contracts: being alert to suppliers seeking to avoid their contractual obligations more
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
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
Brexit: Agency & Distributorship Agreementsmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute – a regular blogmore
For distributors, possession is nine-tenths of the law - a regular blogmore
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute – a regular blogmore
EU Commission asks questions of Guessmore
Agents and distributors: the issues of confidential commercial information and personal datamore
Working with Distributors and Agents - seminarmore
Stephen Sidkin to speak at UIA International Sales, Agency and Distributorship seminar in Munichmore
Illegal price-fixingmore


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Stephen Sidkin
Partner
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2505
slsidkin@foxwilliams.com

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Tom Custance
Partner
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2508
tcustance@foxwilliams.com

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Eleanor Wilson-Holt
Associate
Direct dial: +44 (0) 20 7614 2571
ewilson-holt@foxwilliams.com


Accreditations

  • 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
  • Investors in People - Bronze