Once these have been set out, we conduct a legal overview on legal
issues arising out of your company's objectives and concerns. Directors,
managers and relevant employees should all be involved and they
may well be asked to describe their jobs, functions, and problems
- as they perceive them.
In the light of our practical experience of existing business practices,
we find that the following are frequent areas of difficulty, but
we can advise on many other areas as well:-
- Competition issues
- Conditions of trading
- Agreements with suppliers
- Distribution and Agency Agreements
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Product liability
- Credit risk and control
- Opportunities under European Law
Early use of our Legal Audit can avoid potential problems and expense.
' Legal Audit does not just skim the surface - it operates in depth
to find the answers which can improve your company's "legal
health". Prevention is better than cure!
EUROPEAN LAW COMPLIANCE REVIEW
Wherever European law collides with English law, European law prevails.
Any agreement or trading practice which contravenes European law
may prove void and unenforceable and can attract swingeing fines,
even though it may theoretically comply with English domestic law.
This can be the case, even where the agreement or trading practice
is between two English firms.
Businesses must be able to rely on a secure contractual framework
to support and protect profitable trading. The complexities involved
between European and English law mean that specialist help is essential
to avoid unforeseen problems. provide this preventative help in
the form of a European Law Compliance Review service, which sometimes
follows on from an initial Legal Audit Report, though sometimes
clients go direct to the European Law Compliance Review.
AUDITORS AND IN-HOUSE SOLICITORS
Where financial or tax matters are concerned, are more than happy
to complement the specialist expertise of your company's auditors
by contributing our analytical legal skills, and to work with them
as part of your team of professional advisers, and, ultimately,
as part of your decision-making process. If you have your own in-house
solicitor, we believe he or she would welcome working with us. The
combination of an inside and outside view is often the way to achieve
the best solution, so we would prefer to work alongside your current
team. But if required by you, we can work independently.
We will prepare a first Report on the agreed subjects. We will
then discuss it with management. We will make specific recommendations
in the defined areas and (if required) other suggestions to nip
difficulties "in the bud."
We hope that our contribution will not end with our first Report.
Running a business today is increasingly complex. Do not forget,
if you unwittingly step out of line, ignorance of the numerous and
continual changes in both national and European law is no defence.
We would welcome the chance to meet you and update our first Report
on a regular basis. When in doubt, please ring us.
ABOUT OUR BUSINESS
The firm is based in Daventry. The firm has an enviable reputation
for providing an added-value quality legal service. With our diversity
of business services, and our range of expertise, combined with
a true understanding of the needs of our clients' businesses, we
achieve and exceed the high standards required by our clients across
the Midlands region.
We understand the issues and problems experienced by business people
and have the expertise to assist with a wide range of business matters.
We believe the loyalty of our clients is a result of the excellence
of our service, our commitment to good communication and our policy
of providing value for money.
Euan Temple has developed considerable expertise and experience
in advising clients of the impact of European law on their business.
The firm is part of a network of English-speaking lawyers in major
industrial centres within the European Union, Central Europe, and
parts of the Mediterranean Basin, which adds the availability of
local legal expertise in other Member States. With the accent on
speed and flexibility, we can put together specialist cross-border
teams to tackle specific aspects of our clients' affairs.
We attach great importance to understanding fully the nature of
each client's objectives both in the short term and in the medium
to long term. We encourage clients to present to us, as their legal
team, their aims and objectives, mission and core values, which
enables us to have a more rounded view of the operation and help
make progress. This also helps us to understand the extent to which
the client looks to us for advice on commercial, strategic and tactical
questions arising on matters on which we are involved. We welcome
the opportunity to provide this input, as and when required.
So, we try to prevent legal problems arising in the first place
by being involved as part of the client's business process, wish
to be seen by our clients as business advisers who are fully briefed
in the client's distinct enterprise, and not just as primarily legal
experts on specific issues, valuable though these legal skills are
when set in the broader context.
For an informal discussion about ' Legal Audit, contact Euan Temple