Assignment & License Agreements

Assignment and license agreements are amongst the suite of contracts that we can draft under English law. These agreements are essential in the business world as they allow for the transfer of rights and obligations from one party to another, as well as the granting of permission to use certain assets or intellectual property.

Our team of experienced solicitors has a deep understanding of the complexities of English contract law and can provide our clients with comprehensive and well-drafted assignment and license agreements that meet their specific needs and protect their interests.

Case Law

One of the key aspects of our service is our thorough understanding of the relevant case law and legislation that govern assignment and license agreements under English law. One such case is Linden Gardens Trust Ltd v Lenesta Sludge Disposals Ltd [1994] 1 AC 85, which established the principle that an assignment of contractual rights cannot be made without the consent of the other party, unless the contract expressly allows for it.

This case highlights the importance of having a properly drafted assignment agreement that clearly outlines the rights and obligations of both parties and ensures that the transfer of rights is legally valid.


In addition to case law, there are also several key pieces of legislation that are relevant to the drafting of assignment and license agreements. The most significant of these is the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, which allows for third parties to enforce rights under a contract if they are identified in the contract or if the contract expressly states that they have the right to do so.

This Act has had a significant impact on the drafting of assignment and license agreements, as it provides greater clarity and certainty for all parties involved.

Bespoke Service

At MSR Solicitors, we understand that each business and contract is unique, and therefore, we tailor our services to meet the specific needs of our clients. Our team of solicitors works closely with our clients to understand their business objectives and the nature of the assignment or license agreement they require.

This allows us to draft agreements that not only comply with all relevant laws and regulations but also effectively protect our clients’ interests with an eye to the norms and demands of their particular industry. We take a proactive approach to our work, anticipating potential issues and including appropriate provisions in the agreements to mitigate any risks.


Our services also extend to the negotiation of assignment and license agreements on behalf of our clients. We have a wealth of experience in negotiating complex contracts, and we use this expertise to secure the best possible terms for our clients. Our solicitors are skilled at identifying potential issues and finding creative solutions to resolve them, ensuring that our clients’ interests are protected at all times.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation, and let us help you achieve your business objectives with confidence.

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