Commercial Contracts and Agreements

The Practice

As one of Ireland’s leading corporate and commercial law firms, with a broad client base involved in a wide range of retail, industrial and business activities, the commercial contracts specialists in the firm advise clients on the strategic planning, public procurement, drafting and negotiation of many key commercial contracts. The commercial team works closely with other specialist teams in the firm, such as Intellectual Property, Technology, Data Protection, Finance, Regulatory and Employment as required. The team also works with their litigation and dispute resolution colleagues on any contentious issues which may arise.

Our team prides itself on providing practical commercial advice based on a solid understanding of each client’s industry and specific needs with a focus on providing value for money and on getting the deal done with a minimum of fuss. Arthur Cox advises on a wide range commercial contracts across a broad spectrum of industries with interests in Ireland and abroad.


The types of arrangements we routinely advise on include the following:


Purchasing and supply of goods and services, outsourcing, contract and toll manufacturing, standard terms and conditions

Sales and Marketing

Advertising, sponsorship, branding, promotions, agency, commercial agents


Distribution, warehousing, logistics


Licensing of intellectual property and commercial rights, in and out, branding and franchising


Transitional services agreements and arrangements, co-operation agreements, joint ventures and partnerships, asset and facility sharing.


Negotiation and settlement of contractual disputes and related settlement agreements.


We set out below some of our experience ,on an industry basis:

Agribusiness, Food and Drink

Large scale local and international contract and toll manufacturing contracts, licensing of intellectual property, supply agreements, franchising arrangements


Supply agreements and purchasing agreements

Entertainment & Sport

Rights acquisition, management agreements, endorsements, recording contracts, composer agreements, writers agreements and live performance agreements

Financial Institutions

Advising on debt and equity issuances


Supply of specialist services, supply and financing of equipment and consumables


Insurance services agreements and reinsurance treaties

Life Sciences

Research and collaborations, clinical trials, aw material supply, equipment maintenance and leasing, contract manufacturing, distribution, logistics, sales, marketing, and licensing

Media & Telecoms

E-publishing, iptv agreements, printing and distribution arrangements for periodicals; advertising and sponsorship agreements; advertising services agreements; airtime sales agreements; film and television sales and distribution agreements; production and financing agreements; content agreements and carriage agreements


Bulk fuel supply and distribution agreements, terminalling agreements, sea and road freight transport agreements, branding arrangements, solus agreements, and raw material supply agreements


IT outsourcing, software and IP licensing and distribution, e-business and payment processing