Paul de Vince

Partner, Gateley
Paul is a general commercial lawyer whose practice covers the full range of commercial agreements but who has developed a particular specialism in projects and transactions involving procurement, supply chain management or logistics. Since qualifying in the mid-90s Paul has worked for a wide variety of businesses in many different sectors, from start-ups to multinational corporates. He has advised on numerous high profile or complex projects including leading international outsourcing deals for some of the UK’s largest corporates and providing them with board level advice on strategic commercial issues. Alongside that, though, he also spends a good deal of time working with smaller or newer businesses and start-ups helping them to design their optimal trading models. He is the lead relationship contact for a number of clients and genuinely enjoys playing an active role in supporting their businesses. Recently Paul has advised:
  • a FTSE top 5 manufacturing business on a project to create an entirely new Global supply chain model to launch a new product range, including providing strategic advice on structural options as well as leading the contract negotiations
  • a major provider of serviced office space on the outsourcing of the provision of facilities services to its UK estate
  • a household name FMCG business on the outsourcing of its UK warehousing requirements involving the creation of a new National UK distribution centre
  • a consortium in relation to the creation of a contractual joint venture to deliver logistics services in relation to the HS2 project
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Equipment leasing and hiring
Practice Note

This Practice Note provides an overview of the contractual considerations which arise when leasing or hiring equipment, being a contract for the simple hire or bailment of goods, in a business to business transaction. This Practice Note does not consider hire-purchase or consumer hire.

Drop ship agreement—pro-customer (merchant)
Precedent

This Precedent drop ship agreement is for a transaction involving a manufacturer of goods and its customer, the merchant (or retailer). It assumes that the merchant is trading directly with consumers, the end-users of the goods. This Precedent has been drafted with a bias in favour of the merchant (or retailer). Drop shipping is a term that is often applied loosely to cover a variety of supply chain models and theoretically can arise at various different points in the supply chain eg manufacturer to distributor, distributor to merchant or manufacturer to merchant. A drop ship agreement is an agreement for the supply of goods on terms which allow a merchant to operate free from stock holding constraints by leaving the physical stock holding and supply arrangements to be managed by a third party, usually the manufacturer of the goods.

Drop ship agreement—pro-supplier
Precedent

This Precedent drop ship agreement is for a transaction involving a manufacturer of goods (the supplier) and its customer, the merchant (or retailer). It assumes that the merchant is trading directly with consumers, the end-users of the goods. This Precedent has been drafted with a bias in favour of the manufacturer of the goods (or supplier). Drop shipping is a term that is often applied loosely to cover a variety of supply chain models and theoretically can arise at various different points in the supply chain eg manufacturer to distributor, distributor to merchant or manufacturer to merchant. A drop ship agreement is an agreement for the supply of goods on terms which allow a merchant to operate free from stock holding constraints by leaving the physical stock holding and supply arrangements to be managed by a third party, usually the manufacturer of the goods.

Equipment hire agreement—pro-hirer
Precedent

This Precedent is an equipment hire agreement, also known as an equipment lease or an equipment rental agreement, under which one party (the supplier) hires defined equipment to the other (the hirer). The Precedent has been structured as an operating lease (as opposed to a finance lease) and is drafted in favour of the hirer. This Precedent is suitable only for business to business (B2B) hire agreements. Whilst this hire agreement includes an option on the part of the hirer to purchase the hired equipment at the end of the hire period, it is not a hire purchase agreement.

Equipment hire agreement—pro-supplier
Precedent

This Precedent is an equipment hire agreement, also known as an equipment lease or an equipment rental agreement, under which one party (the supplier) hires defined equipment to another (the hirer). The Precedent has been structured as an operating lease (as opposed to a finance lease) and is drafted in favour of the supplier. This Precedent is suitable only for business to business (B2B) hire agreements. While the hire agreement includes an option on the part of the hirer to purchase the hired equipment at the end of the hire period, it is not a hire purchase agreement.

Other work

Equipment hire agreement—checklist

This Checklist sets out the key considerations when drafting, reviewing or negotiating an equipment hire agreement. Equipment hire agreements may also be referred to as equipment leases, equipment rental, operating leases or finance leases. This Checklist is drafted from the perspective of the hirer under the lease.

Practice areas

Membership

  • Law Society

Panel

  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Specialist Panel

Education

  • St Ambrose College, Altrincham, Cantab (MA)
  • Nottingham University (MA)
  • Manchester Polytechnic (CPE&LSF)

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