Confidentiality & NDA lawyers

As a business owner, your daily operations involve interactions with a myriad of individuals and organisations. Consequently, your company regularly exchanges sensitive information with clients, suppliers, employees, investors, landlords, tenants, consultants and partners. Many of these stakeholders may gain access to your invaluable trade secrets. This underscores the importance of having robust Confidentiality Agreements, commonly known as NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements), to safeguard your confidential information.

Understanding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), often referred to as a Confidentiality Agreement, is a vital legal document designed to protect your organisation's sensitive information. It serves as a legally binding contract between parties, clearly defining what confidential information will be shared and what constitutes protected information.

If you find yourself uncertain about the fairness of a draft or your NDA template lacks the necessary provisions, our team of experienced contract lawyers are ready to review your agreements, ensuring they are not only fit for purpose but also diligently protect your interests.

When should a Non-Disclosure Agreement be used?

Non-Disclosure Agreements find widespread use in various business scenarios, particularly when one party wishes to prevent the disclosing of confidential information. For instance, when an employee enters a Settlement Agreement, it aims to shield the confidential details of the financial settlement and the reasons behind the agreement.

Additionally, when collaborating with a new supplier or independent contractor who will have access to confidential information, a Confidentiality Agreement becomes crucial. It not only protects your intellectual property and business interests but also provides legal recourse in case of agreement breaches.

What should be included in a Non-Disclosure Agreement?

A basic NDA should include the following:

  • The names of the parties to the agreement
  • A definition of the confidential information the NDA seeks to protect
  • An obligation that the receiver keeps the information confidential and only use it for legitimate purposes specified in the NDA
  • The legitimate purposes for which the receiver can divulge the confidential information and the people to whom they can make a disclosure
  • How the information will be held whilst being used and disposed of once the project has finished
  • How long the agreement will apply

Signing a NDA

When you and another party sign an NDA, you’re essentially entering into a mutual agreement. This means that both parties agree not to disclose or use each other's protected information for any purpose other than what is specified in the agreement. This agreement includes:

  • Duty of confidentiality – both parties are legally bound to keep the disclosed information confidential 
  • Confidentiality clauses the NDA outlines the specific information that is protected
  • Legal action – it also specifies the legal remedies available in case of a breach

NDA review service

Our team of NDA lawyers will meticulously review your Confidentiality Agreement to ensure that it is legally sound and provides the necessary protection for your business. We understand that every NDA is unique and we will tailor our review to meet your specific requirements. Whether it’s protecting IP or financial information, our commercial and NDA lawyers will take the necessary time to understand your requirements and provide you with the best advice possible.

Determining a breach

In the unfortunate event that you suspect a breach of a Confidentiality Agreement, our team of breach of confidentiality lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether a breach has occurred. If necessary, we will guide you through the legal process to take appropriate action against the party responsible for the breach.

Drafting a new agreement

If you require a new agreement, we can offer tailored NDA drafting services that are designed to meet your specific needs, ensuring your intellectual property and confidential information are fortified and protected. We aim for quick turnarounds without compromising on quality, ensuring that you have your custom NDA in hand when you need it most.

Negotiating terms

If you need assistance in negotiating the terms of an NDA with another party, LawBite can help. Our experienced lawyers will work to secure terms that are fair and advantageous to your business, while still maintaining a strong level of protection for your confidential information.

Speak to an expert contract lawyer

Securing a legally sound and purpose-fit NDA is essential for any business. Our contract review service starts at just £180 (+VAT) for a small contract and offers a swift 3-day turnaround. 

Access the legal advice you need today by speaking with our experienced, insured, and regulated UK-qualified contract lawyers. For more information, schedule a free 15-minute consultation with one of our contract lawyers or contact us on 020 3808 8314. Protect the confidentiality of your business with LawBite today.

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