Vertical Agreements

Vertical Agreements - UK

Commercially focused legal advice on vertical agreements

Calling on our pan-European regulatory and industry expertise, we balance commercial gain and regulatory risk in vertical agreements to help protect your interests.

Our lawyers guide you through complex vertical agreement regulations. They also excel at translating expertise in conventional agreements into opportunities to help you reach your commercial goals.

We have advised in relation to investigations both before the CMA and the European Commission ranging from the selling of books to the issue of best price guarantees in hotel reservation agreements. We regularly advise on ad hoc queries relating to commercial agreements.

We advise on:

  • Issues that can arise from agency, distribution, franchising or licensing agreements
  • Structuring agreements to fall within exemptions or safe harbours provided by EU or national competition laws
  • Non-compete clauses, territorial and quantitative restrictions, pricing provisions and most-favoured customer clauses, as well as issues arising from the rapidly expanding area of internet selling.

Both national and multinational clients in a range of sectors benefit from our expertise. We advise clients in sectors including consumer, financial services, betting and gaming, technology, media, communications, pharmaceuticals, energy and infrastructure and transport. 

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

On 28 January, the CMA issued SOs to two companies alleged to have engaged in forms of resale price maintenance in relation to internet sales.

04 February 2016

FCA abandons proceedings against Nintendo for RPM in the French video games sector.

10 December 2015

FCA closes its investigation into Adidas, over alleged restrictive online sales provisions, after the German producer changed its distribution policy.

19 November 2015

FCO probes whether the distribution agreement between Audible, the audiobook unit of Amazon, and Apple infringes competition rules.

18 November 2015