Stephen Cotton

Credentials

  • LLB (Hon) Edinburgh University
  • Notary Public
  • Writer to the Signet
  • Chair, Traverse Theatre 2004-2014
  • Board Member Pachamama Productions Limited
  • Speaker on Contract Law at Law Society of Scotland and other professional legal conferences
  • Member of Advisory Group in The Scottish Law Commission's Review of Contract Law issued March 2018

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I am a contract lawyer.

Contracts underpin most commercial activity and cut across many sectors of the economy. They are also loaded with expensive traps for the unwary.

For over 30 years, I have advised businesses about negotiating contracts which work and on escaping from poorly worded and onerous contracts.

I start from what my client wants to achieve, even when facing an awful set of supplier or customer contract terms.

Areas covered have included defence and pubic authority procurement or outsourcing; sporting and artistic sponsorship contracts; franchising, agency and distribution contracts; IT and IPR contracts, designing standard form consumer contracts and, more generally, contracts designed to get your new or established business trading on bespoke and sensible terms which enhance the efficiency, look and feel of your business.

Recent Activity

Successfully defending various clients against franchisor and other threats of interdicts to enforce restrictive covenants. 

Advising various brands and other organisations on their data protection procedures under The General Data Regulation (GDPR)

Advising on an ICO investigation

Completing major Scots sponsorship contract for a household name

Advising various musicians on trademarks and recovering royalties

Advising on various renewables contracts under English, Scots and German law.

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