3 things every business needs to know about their Ts & Cs
04 April 2018
We recently spoke with Lisa Greenstreet, Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Management Team at Freeths. A national law firm with eleven offices around the country, Freeths opened in Sheffield five years ago, expanding from five to a team of 31, they recently outgrew their city centre office space in Barkers Pool and moved to 3 St Pauls Place in Sheffield City Centre.
After moving back to her home city of Sheffield from Bristol in 2014, Lisa wanted to reconnect with the local business community and so contacted Business Sheffield to see if she could use her expertise as a solicitor to support start-ups.
Lisa now runs regular workshops as part of the Business Sheffield Launchpad programme (supporting businesses under two years to set up and grow). The three-hour-long workshops are designed to give people a basic understanding of contractual agreements and the strengths and pitfalls of Terms and Conditions. They are free to attend for people that contact Business Sheffield.
Lisa tells us why this workshop is so important: “Terms and Conditions are the foundation of any business transaction. My day job is resolving corporate disputes, so I’m well versed in the importance (and possible ramifications if they are lacking) of appropriate Ts&Cs.
“The people that I support in the workshops are diverse. Some have a business idea and want to learn about contracts generally, while others may have been operating for a while and need to refresh their terms and conditions because of changes to legislation or the way that they operate.
“There are all sorts of people that attend the course but the one thing that they all have in common, and where I can hopefully come in and be helpful, is that they want to maintain a decent cash flow, they want healthy long-lasting relationships with their customers and they want to safeguard against commercial risks and pitfalls.“
The workshops, which run each quarter as part of the Business Sheffield startup events schedule, cover:
How to put together a contract and what ‘implied terms’ mean
How to demystify ‘boilerplate’ clauses
How to set up and maintain good business practices to avoid potential legal action in the future
If you want to learn how to keep your business safe, what your rights are and how to ensure your customers are well informed and understand the contractual agreement you are entering into, then you shouldn’t miss this free workshop delivered by Lisa Greenstreet on behalf of Business Sheffield http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit-searchresults/product/831791
Business Sheffield delivers the Launchpad Service in partnership with Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. The Launchpad project is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,358,962 in investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic growth.