International Trade

We offer a high quality and pragmatic service, on how to contract with overseas businesses, advising a wide variety of industries including medical device, luxury goods, FMCG goods, manufacturing,  information technology and food businesses. So if you are importing, exporting, setting up new distribution channels or trading online, we can assist with your international contracts and legal compliance.

We have a large network of trusted legal firms across the World, that we either manage on our client’s behalf on multijurisdictional assignments or we  work closely with on  individual cases, identifying and addressing mandatory legal obligations in their jurisdictions, and providing experienced local support with contract content, risk management and negotiation. We also have  numerous overseas clients whom we guide on entering into contracts in the UK frequently with US and European Union customers.

Ashfords’ commercial law team are experts in helping our clients navigate the minefields of choice of law and the legal forum, and options for dispute resolution, and for many jurisdictions our experienced team are familiar with differences of market practice and the cultural approach in negotiating and forming contracts and business relationships.


Distribution and agency

We work with businesses to set up and maintain new channels to market, which may involve establishing international distribution networks, appointing agents, licensing, franchising and retail concessions, as well as internet retailing and fulfilment operations. Our advice focuses on managing risk and safeguarding your reputation with our international network of lawyers.


Joint Ventures and collaborations

Our team can help establishing structures, governance arrangements and contractual protections with a partnering approach to provide a platform for growth and development of the relationship, or indeed to assist with any restructure and exit of a party.

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