Agency and distributor disputes

You may decide that it is best to outsource certain aspects of your business operations to an agent or distributor to maximise your opportunities and minimise your risks by accessing their market knowledge and network. Alternatively, you may be an agent or distributor being offered or already operating within one of these relationships.

It is not uncommon for disputes to arise in these ongoing relationships and, in such circumstances, specialist advice is critical part of resolving the disagreements whilst preserving the relationship or exiting it on acceptable commercial terms.

It is important to seek legal advice when entering into an agency or distributor agreement to ensure that the terms are clear, fair and practical. We can also help to identify if the terms of an existing agreement, concerning issues such as confidentiality, intellectual property and exclusivity, have been breached and the remedies available to you. An unmanaged disentanglement can create significant problems for both parties.