The Pitfalls of Litigation and Counter-claims

Have you ever been involved in a dispute over a contract? Even if you've never been to court, chances are you will have had issues that can be tracked back to a contractual dispute, whether it be as a business owner, employee or in your personal life. As consumers, we have become accustomed to an [...]

The Pitfalls of Litigation and Counter-claims 2017-12-12T15:28:18+00:00

Devant Diary Winter 2017

We’ve been gearing up to help you be even more successful in 2018: Helping you become better Deal Makers by creating new workshops – Reviewing, Understanding and Amending Contracts and Statements of Work and Negotiating Contracts and Statements of Work (drop us a line if you’d like the Early Bird discount codes!)  Using our new GDPR management platform and analysis workshops to [...]

Devant Diary Winter 2017 2017-12-08T17:13:50+00:00

Get your house in order

You may think that you have got a brilliant business and that buyers will be fighting over themselves to acquire it – but is it in a clean and tidy state?  Are there any skeletons in the cupboard that you know about and should really sort out before going on the market? Or worse, you [...]

Get your house in order 2017-11-10T15:03:04+00:00

Is clear contract drafting getting more or less important?

Devant’s working mantra is that clear and unambiguous contract drafting following a fair negotiation will make for a successful contractual relationship. It means both parties are clear on what they want and what they must do. That said, it’s possible that you’ve heard about a few cases coming out of the courts recently that seem to [...]

Is clear contract drafting getting more or less important? 2017-11-02T16:10:53+00:00

Devant Diary – Autumn

We're feeling a glow this Autumn because we are...   Drafting accessible and easy to read business terms for a secure storage solutions company. Delivering in-house training on Practical Contracting and Commercial Awareness for two companies on opposite sides of the Pennines. Fired up for our public workshop on 10th - 12th October - Understanding, [...]

Devant Diary – Autumn 2017-10-31T15:10:34+00:00

GDPR for SMEs: When is it OK to Process Personal Data?

For organisations wondering about the differences between the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), perhaps the first question business owners might ask is: "When are you allowed to process the personal data of individuals that GDPR is coming in to protect?" A lot of articles have focussed on a need [...]

GDPR for SMEs: When is it OK to Process Personal Data? 2017-11-02T16:12:06+00:00

Why being a good negotiator is not enough

It is often assumed that being a good negotiator is enough to get your contract over the line to a signed contract. But to create successful business deals you need many skills. Here are some tips to help you avoid going back to the negotiation starting line or failing to finish at all! The dangers [...]

Why being a good negotiator is not enough 2017-08-23T11:59:51+00:00

7 Steps to a Successful Company Sale

Thinking about selling your business? Getting the best price and finding the right buyer for your company is so important after you've grown it from scratch. Don't let your blood, sweat and tears go to waste. Read on, for our seven-step guide to a successful company sale!   1. Is your business sellable? Before you start [...]

7 Steps to a Successful Company Sale 2017-08-17T14:32:30+00:00

Summer is here! And Devant has a new home. This month we have been…

    • ..moving from Stratfield House to Wellesley House on Riseley Business Park, to make way for new apartments to be built. The new office is lovely - come and visit! • Negotiating a couple of company sale transactions. Exhausting, but satisfying. • Preparing for September’s Negotiating Complex Deals Masterclass for senior procurement managers [...]

Summer is here! And Devant has a new home. This month we have been… 2017-07-22T10:30:25+00:00

How to have your commercial cake and eat it!

My week in the world of commercial contracting has been varied and challenging. I've provided contract support to two very different businesses. The first, 'emergency' client who called on me to provide immediate contract support on a business critical deal which needed to be signed…. um…. the day before(!).  Then the other end of outsourcing [...]

How to have your commercial cake and eat it! 2017-09-26T10:19:40+00:00