`We'll Eliminate Uncertainty of Trading Abroad'

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Doing business abroad can seem daunting. How do you ensure your contract with a foreign entity is effective?

How and where will any disputes be resolved, and at what cost? How do you translate a court judgment in your favour into cash in the bank?

These are the kind of questions Rayfield Mills can help with. Although best known as a shipping law firm, its expertise in fact mirrors the full international trade cycle ( the sale of goods, the underlying finance, the transport from A to B by land and/or sea, and the insurances that aim to protect the reward of each participant. Each and any of these steps may involve you in a separate contract with a different partner, as seller, buyer, bank, carrier, freight-forwarder, stevedore or insurer. Some or all may be foreign.

The pitfalls are obvious and making use of Rayfield Mills' considerable experience of advising on and drafting a cohesive web of international commercial contracts gives you the best chance of avoiding them.

Should you find yourself involved in a commercial dispute Rayfield Mills has extensive experience of dispute resolution through commercial courts in the UK and overseas, commercial and commodity trade arbitration and through mediation, with fully-trained mediators to be found among the firm's personnel.With access to a network of lawyers around the globe Rayfield Mills will be able to direct you to the right place and the right way for your dispute to be resolved as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Armed with judgment or arbitration award in your favour Rayfield Mills can then help you take the steps to get paid, by negotiation or the freezing or seizure of your debtor's bank accounts or other property, wherever located.

Based in Newcastle's Collingwood Street, Rayfield Mills is an eight-partner specialist practice formed in 1993. …