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.
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.
Between 2012 - 2019, he was Communications and Strategy General Director of the UIA.
In addition, he is a longstanding member of the International Distribution Institute and spoke at their annual meeting in Como in June 2019 on brands negotiating agreements with department stores.
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.
"Total professionalism and prompt responses"
(Chambers UK, 2019)
"He is knowledgeable in respect of international agreements, with the ability to foresee and point out potential issues."
(Chambers UK, 2019)
"Known to be an authority on agency, distribution, franchising and licensing agreements"
(WTR 1000, 2018)
"Excellent lawyer who produces prompt correspondence and thoughtful work"
(Chambers UK, 2018)
Stephen Sidkin ‘possesses tremendous gravitas’
(Legal 500, 2017)
"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:
Using an agent or distributor - commit a criminal offence (January 2020)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (November 2019)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (September 2019)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (February 2019)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (December 2018)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (November 2018)
Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog (September 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