At Coulter Legal, we understand that not every business is the same and not every client’s needs are the same. Our focus is assessing the individual needs of your business and advising you accordingly.
Whether you need advice on an agreement you have received, or need an agreement prepared, our specialist commercial lawyers can assist you. We can advise on, or prepare, a range of general commercial agreements for your unique commercial transaction.
Some examples include:
The Agreements which are required for your business will depend on the nature of your business and there are numerous things to consider.
These are only some examples of the various agreements that may be applicable to your business.
While there are many things to consider, operating and owning a business can be a rewarding experience. At Coulter Legal, our lawyers can take away the stress of owning a business and ensure it is well equipped for a successful future. If you are unsure what agreements you need to operate your business, get in touch with us and we can advise you accordingly. Our Business Start-up packages also include various agreements for your business which may be useful when starting your business.
Yes. In the first instance, you will require a services agreement with the other party or terms and conditions which apply to the services provided. It is important that the services you are providing are documented in a biding form to ensure:
You should also consider whether separate terms and conditions, confidentiality agreements or privacy policies are required.
If you have an ongoing arrangement to supply goods to another party, then we recommend a written supply agreement be put in place. It is important to have a legal agreement in place in this instance to ensure:
However, if you operate an online store, a written supply agreement with your customers may not be necessary depending on the nature of the supply. Rather, terms and conditions on your business website may suffice.
We always recommend that clients seek legal advice from the outset to ensure the supply agreement is appropriate for the needs of the business and to mitigate the risks of issues down the track. Having a well-drafted agreement in place from the outset could actually save your business significant costs down the track.
Alternatively, if you already have a supply agreement in place and you’re unsure about it, we are able to review any existing supply agreements you have in place and amend them where necessary based on your unique circumstances. It is never too late to full proof your business and ensure your legal agreements cover everything you need.
If you think an agreement contains unfair contract terms, those terms may be void or unlawful if that particular agreement is covered by the unfair contracts legislation and the terms are found to be unfair. This legislation applies to contracts where:
More information regarding unfair contract terms can be found here.
If you suspect a term in an agreement is unfair, get in touch with us today to see how we can assist you.
Additionally, it is also important to keep the unfair contract legislation in mind when preparing and issuing your own agreements or terms and conditions. In this regard, it is always recommended that you seek legal advice to ensure that your agreements do not inadvertently contain unfair contact terms.
When operating a business, you will commonly be provided with agreements from other parties which govern your business relationships. These agreements may include manufacturing agreements, supply agreements and guarantees. Before entering into any agreement, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations under the agreement. Our lawyers are able to explain the legal implications of an agreement to you and highlight areas of significant risk and any unfair terms. We are also able to assist you to negotiate more appropriate terms to protect your interests in any agreement to be entered into. Once you have entered into a binding agreement, that agreement will govern your rights and obligations, and as such, to protect you and your business, legal advice should be obtained.
Even terms and conditions which are provided to you by another party before you proceed with a transaction will govern the legal relationship between you and the other party. As such, terms and conditions should be carefully reviewed before being accepted or before proceeding with a transaction. Our lawyers can also advise you about the implications on terms and conditions, including highlighting areas of significant risk to you and your business.