Using contracts to help you sell more and deliver better
Good contracts should be easy to read and relevant
Together with a great contracting process, they help you build stronger, longer lasting and more profitable commercial relationships. They support positive deal outcomes rather than focussing on failure. Used intelligently, contracts can help you to sell more and deliver better.
Plain talking in business English
Whether you’re a contract law expert or a complete novice, you’ll find our consultants speak your language. No unnecessary legal jargon, just plain talking in business English – we have everything you need to flourish.
How? By transforming your business contracts from potential deal breakers into value-generating deal-makers.
Do you currently work with a commercial lawyer? You’ll find Devant refreshingly different. Combining expert contract law knowledge with practical business experience and a results-oriented approach, we focus on getting you where you want to be.
Approachable, insightful, knowledgeable, challenging (in a good way!). That’s how our clients describe us.
To try us for yourself, call for a chat.
“We were highly impressed with the work the team at Devant did for us to create a tailored Contract Law and Drafting course for our Contracts and Commercial team. The course material was delivered in a concise, engaging and enthusiastic manner by Tiffany, and the course has provided our team with relevant information and skills that will enhance the value our function brings to CGI.”
Contracts should be a tool for managing your business relationships
We believe that contracts should reflect the way you do business – how you sell and deliver your products or services, your company’s culture and your tactical and strategic objectives. They are a tool for managing your business relationships, and not just an ‘insurance policy’ in case things go wrong.
So we don’t just deliver contracts; by helping you maintain good relationships with your contracting parties, we help you to maximise profit while managing risk.
As business people ourselves, we’ve had to sign up to deals just like the ones we draft and negotiate on your behalf, so we know the challenges you face, first hand.
Our consultants have ‘earned their stripes’ – not just in structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. They have also had to deliver against and manage contracts for complex projects from both buyer and seller perspectives.
When you work with Devant, you’ll receive commercially focused contract support that generates good results for your bottom line.
To try us for yourself, give us a call.
This November we:
• Reviewed marketing materials for a global financial consultancy to ensure it didn’t create obligations the company couldn’t fulfil.
• Supported a client with its post-completion obligations following its acquisition of a new subsidiary.
•Drafted new terms for a products manufacturer to cover bespoke development requirements.
• Negotiated a shareholder agreement for the owners of a design company wanting to formalise their relationship.
• Structured a new partner relationship for a cloud-based video technology company, and drafted the agreements to support it.
If you ask for something you don’t really need, we’ll tell you. We’ll challenge any ideas and preconceptions you may have that aren’t in your best interests, and will never spend our time and your money on something that isn’t going to deliver value to you.
Our values are core to how we think, how we act and what we do. It’s essential to us that all members of our team demonstrate these values in each engagement with our customers, suppliers and partners.
Our core values are:
1. We only do work where we can add real value
We will not spend our time and your money if they are not going to fulfil your needs. We will create bespoke, workable solutions that directly address your requirements.
2. We are honest and trustworthy
We will provide open and transparent advice and will act in your best interests at all times, rather than seeking to maximise fees (see point 1!). We will be your collaborative business partner, providing accurate and dependable advice as part of your virtual team.
3. We are down to earth
We will speak (and write) in plain business English, making our communications to you, our contracts and all other documents we produce, clear and understandable.
4. We are reliable
When we agree timescales with you we will deliver on our commitments, keeping you informed of our progression on projects as they evolve.
5. We will challenge you
If you are proposing to do something we feel is not in your best interests, or will not meet your needs, we will question you. We will encourage you to think of alternatives and will provide candid support to you during your decision-making process.
6. We will be approachable
We will endeavour to make your experiences with us interesting and fun! We will avoid unnecessary legal language and will focus on your real business issues.
7. We will share our experience
With over 90 years of commercial contracting experience in the Devant team , we will ensure you benefit from our knowledge and know-how in all our dealings with you. Developing your knowledge and expertise is core to each engagement we have with you.
Devant is certified by BSI to ISO 9001.
Our contract law, contract drafting and contract negotiation training is endorsed by the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM) and accredited by global certification organisation, APMG.
Devant was launched in September 2003 to help companies use contracts to sell more, and deliver better. Devant specialises in hands-on contract creation, negotiation and legal advice.
Devant – smoothing business relationships since 2003
Contract Drafting, Contract Negotiation and Contract Training