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Commercial contract law

Commercial contracts are a crucial part of doing business. Get them right and they can add value to your business, but underestimating them can create risk and loss.

Seamless legal services

Kensington Swan’s commercial team advises on all contracts, from the simple to the very complex, across all areas of the law and industry types.

We provide a seamless approach to any contractual issue. Our commercial law team works closely with specialists in areas such as intellectual property, information technology, tax, finance, and employment.

Understanding your business

We work closely with you to understand your business and provide practical, tailored solutions that are right for you. Our lawyers have specific expertise in the pharmaceutical, security, information technology, food and beverage, local government, and infrastructure sectors.

We are also experts on public private partnership agreements.

Types of contracts

Our extensive experience includes preparing, reviewing, negotiating, and managing a wide range of commercial contracts, including:

  • long-term supply agreements
  • terms of trade
  • distribution agreements
  • purchase or sale contracts
  • procurement arrangements
  • transport and logistic contracts
  • licensing agreements
  • sponsorship agreements
  • franchising contracts
  • outsourcing agreements
  • licensing contracts

Recent experience

Snapper Services Limited

We worked with this client in the negotiation and establishment of various supply and merchant agreements. The client was reassured knowing all risks were well managed, contributing to the successful launch of the Snapper Smartcard in Wellington.

Packaging industry - manufacturing and supply agreement

We advised our client on a major manufacturing and supply agreement with one of New Zealand’s largest companies. This agreement was crucial for our client, and included complex negotiations around the application and effect of performance measurement mechanisms. Our advice assisted in finalising the arrangement so that an overall transaction could continue on terms favourable to our client.

Pharmac contracts

We advise various clients on negotiating and drafting supply contracts with Pharmac for the listing and subsidy of pharmaceuticals on the Pharmaceutical Schedule. These contracts are lengthy and complex, and must follow a particular format. They can also be of significant value and apply for lengthy periods. Well-drafted contracts are essential, particularly to provide protection when a pharmaceutical comes off patent. Our experience means we know the areas where Pharmac is open to negotiation, and those where that is unlikely.


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