Stephen Sidkin

Partner

Stephen is a founder partner of Fox Williams specialising in agency and distributorship agreements. He is focused on creating value for clients by helping them achieve their business objectives. Stephen is ranked in band 1 for Commercial Contracts, Chambers UK 2018 which states:

"Stephen Sidkin is described as an excellent lawyer who produces prompt correspondence and thoughtful work." 

Clients say he is “extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and has a great depth of understanding in this area of law”’.

The Legal 500 UK 2017 noted that: Stephen Sidkin ‘possesses tremendous gravitas’

He is head of the Commerce & Technology department of Fox Williams.

Recent cases involve:

  • advising on on a claim by an agent undertaking activities inside and outside the EEA
  • the wholesale restructuring of a network of European agents
  • advising on the exiting of distributorship and agency agreements by the same distributor and agent

Stephen has written and spoken widely on agency and distributorship agreements in general, and commercial law issues, in particular. The last few months have seen articles written by Stephen published in Footwear Today, Furniture News, KBB Review, and childrenswear Buyer among other trade publications. He is also the UK author of International Agency and Distribution Agreements published by LexisNexis and was co-author of the UK chapter of Kluwer's Commercial Agency and Distributorship Agreements (3rd edition).

He is a regular commentator on radio and television. In addition, he keeps in touch with Kings College, London, from where he graduated with an honours degree in law before obtaining his masters in Business Law.

Stephen has served for many years on the Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society. He is currently again its Deputy Chairman as well as Chairman of its Brexit sub-committee. A former President of the Contract Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) he is currently Communications and Strategy General Director . At recent UIA seminars and Congresses he has spoken on the topics of

  • protecting brands and the law of distribution contracts;
  • pre-contract negotiations; and
  • Brexit and the impact on businesses.

Between 2007-2012 he was President of the UIA Contract Law Commission. In 2012 he became Co-Director of Communications of the UIA.

During New York Fashion Week in February 2013 Stephen chaired the UIA Fashion law seminar and spoke on the subject of taking back exclusive distribution rights from distributors.

Prior to joining the UIA he was a long standing member of Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats  and spoke at many of its congresses.

Stephen has served for many years on the Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society and is currently its Deputy Chairman as well as Chairman of its Brexit sub-committee.

In 2006, Stephen became the business organisation editor of Business Law Review.

From a personal view

Over the years clients and partners have given Stephen the nicknames of "The Barracuda" and "The Rottweiler". But out of the office his wife, Lynne, and son, Sam, regard him as a pussy cat. With their assistance he loves nothing better than to mess about on boats, whether on river, lake or sea. His greatest maritime adventure to date was to skipper a 4m open boat down the Grand Canal of Venice and into the Bacino di San Marco. When restricted to dry land he collects political cartoons, is an avid student of brand marketing, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

"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)

"Stephen Sidkin is the leading authority in the UK on fashion agency law, so the quality of service is second to none"
(Chambers UK, 2016)

“He is absolutely excellent – he clearly identified options and provided high-quality and speedy communication.”
(Chambers UK, 2016)

‘'He is absolutely excellent – he clearly identified options and provided high-quality and speedy communication''.
(Chambers UK, 2015)

Stephen Sidkin is praised by clients as being "very hot on the detail" and "the best lawyer I've used for this type of work. His level of knowledge always impresses me''.
(Chambers UK, 2015)

'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)

Read more of my articles:

Working together - can the place where an agent works affect his status as a commercial agent

agentlaw alert: Uncertainty for UK agents post-Brexit

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (October 2018)

Agentlaw seminar - Tuesday 27 November 2018

UKFT event: Working with agents and distributors

Stephen Sidkin writes in Footwear Today on Brexit: Find solutions to the potential chaos

Stephen Sidkin writes in Footwear Today - Agency termination: why it is important to know when it has happened

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (September 2018)

Can a seller of goods ever be an agent?

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (August 2018)

Brexit and your business contracts

Brexit: Agency & Distributorship Agreements

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (July 2018)

No Oral Modification clauses

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (June 2018)

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (May 2018)

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (April 2018)

Agency termination: why it is important to know when it has happened

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute: a regular blog (March 2018)

Software agents now not entitled to statutory protection

Stephen Sidkin writes for Furniture News: Top tips for terminating agents

Top tips for terminating agents - what principals need to know

Stephen Sidkin quoted in Equestrian Trade News - Upmarket brands win right to block third party retailing

Distributors entitled to compensation following termination of distributorship agreements

What is the entitlement of a commercial agent to commission if the principal does not get paid by the customer?

"Guess are at risk if they are found to have contravened the EU rules"- Fashionlaw Steve Sidkin quoted in Drapers

Appointing an exclusive agent: the issues to look out for

When can you rely on implied terms for what is not in the contract?

Agents outside European Union: protected by EU Law?

Agents and distributors: the issues of confidential commercial information and personal data

Stephen Sidkin to speak at UIA International Sales, Agency and Distributorship seminar in Munich

Software agents now entitled to statutory protection
 
When is a new customer not a new customer? 

Agents, indemnity and additional damages

EU Commission report into Agency Directive

Nai or Oxi - The Greek fall out

Software - goods or services?

The value of compensation

Closing doors: a conflict of laws

Messy relationships - uncertainties at the start and end of the agency relationship

Principals and suppliers beware: Litigation funding now available for medium sized agency and distributorship cases

Russian action shows need for an exit strategy

European Commission proposes review of EU Agents Directive

Calculating compensation

Principals beware the misuse of personal data

Distributors gain a new power

Exiting a franchise agreement

One strike and you're out - Always sue in the correct name!

Use agents: Save tax and make money

Maximising the performance of your distributors

Consignment agents and the Commercial Agents Regulations - a tough sell?

How to deal with a Subject Access Request ("SAR") made by an agent?

Agent and distributor beware: is your principal or supplier considering selling products online?

Stephen Sidkin
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