Briefing notes

The impact of COVID-19 for suppliers on payments and order cancellations At the present time many suppliers and distributors are looking at the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and thinking – hard. Thoughts are likely to be at three levels. ...
Businesses with agents are currently experiencing COVID-19 (coronavirus) induced cancellation of orders obtained by their agents. But where cancellation occurs, are these businesses still liable to pay commission to their agents? It depends. First on...
During this uncertain time, the safety, health and well-being of our people, clients, friends, business partners and the wider community is of utmost importance to us. Our priorities are in line with our firm’s values: to protect our people; to ensure...
Risk of criminal liability when acting as a distributor Distributors are key parties in the supply chain. But the actions of their customers and suppliers as well as their own actions can give rise to criminal liability if as a result of such actions tax...
(and why your social media targeting may be unlawful) When a consumer visits your website, will they be targeted by you with advertisements next time they log in to their Facebook or Instagram account? If so, do you know whether you are complying with the...
Using a distributor – commit a criminal offence! Could you commit a criminal offence for something done by your distributor? The answer, scarily, is “yes”. Where your distributor acting in that capacity (that is, as your distributor)...
Could you commit a criminal offence for something done by your agent or distributor?  The answer, scarily, is “yes”.  Where your agent or distributor acting in that capacity (that is, as your agent or distributor) commits a tax...
Why the dog should wag the tail As a supplier how important is your name or brand?  The answer which is invariably given by most suppliers is that it is extremely important.  Name or brand – they mark you out from your competitors. ...
A disability, unfortunately, can affect anyone.  But, in the context of a commercial agent who is an individual, there are particular legal issues of which a principal needs to be aware.  The Commercial Agents Regulations A disability can...
Interpreting a distributorship agreement Interpretation is a key aspect of humanity. Incorrect interpretation of words, speech, actions, and reactions can have fatal consequences. On a lesser scale, the same is true of distributorship agreements in...