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Supply Chain Management

Our specialist commercial lawyers are skilled negotiators and draftsmen who play a role in helping you manage your position in the supply chain.

Supply chain relationships are critical to the success of many businesses: none more so than for product manufacturers/assemblers and buyers of those products.

The rise of joint ventures, strategic alliances, and business partnerships in the supply chain requires our commercial lawyers (together with colleagues in our Corporate team) to carefully consider matters such as business structure and allocation of risk between “partners”.

What our commercial lawyers do

Our specialist commercial lawyers are skilled negotiators and draftsmen who help you manage your position in the supply chain, whether it’s the purchase of raw materials, the processing of those materials into finished goods, or the movement of finished goods towards the end consumer. We seek to improve trust and collaboration among supply chain partners, thus improving inventory visibility, the speed of inventory movement, and having regard for cash-flow.

Wherever you are in the supply chain, we can advise you as to your obligations with regards to combatting bribery and corruption and ensuring that your supply chain is free from modern day slavery and human trafficking.

We work with you to develop ethical trading policies, an increasingly important consideration for those trading internationally. Such policies can help build sales, attract investment, maintain staff loyalty and motivation, enhance trust in your business, boost revenue and save money, for example, by implementing better waste-management procedures.

How our commercial lawyers work

A successful relationship is one structured to fit your strategy and which allows you to maintain control of its day-to-day operation.

Each alliance you form will be unique and it is only through the deployment of commercially astute and experienced lawyers that you can be sure your legal structures are suitable.

We help you manage your trading channels effectively, reviewing new marketing opportunities and evaluating legal risks and implications of different routes to market.

We also consider methods for creating economies through other business processes, starting with the supply chain, including (for example) the reduction or transfer of cost from fixed to variable by outsourcing key suppliers.

Read more about our wider commercial law services.

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