Our manufacturing lawyers offer expert legal advice to advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses of all shapes and sizes across the UK, advising on operational, financial and regulatory issues that affect the running and success of your business.
Our full service law firm is based in the very heart of the Midlands and have strong links and an unparalleled reputation in the area.
According to research shared by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the wider advanced manufacturing and engineering sector has a particularly strong footprint with over 400 businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire, employing some 15,000 people. Annual investment is over £100m.
Coventry & Warwickshire is home to some of the most well known names in the sector including:
- Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Meggitt, Aga Rangemaster, Clamonta, Arrowsmith Engineering, JJ Churchill and Powerkut
- BMW, Peugeot Citroen, 3M, Alstom, Terex, AGCO, Tata Motors, Geely and Volvo
- UK supply chain companies including Brose, Bosch, Ricardo, MIRA, Unipart, Lear and Delphi Lockheed
Our manufacturing and engineering solicitors understand the sector inside and out. They know the pressures you face in the manufacturing and engineering sector including increased regulations, tighter margins on materials, supply chain, logistics, outsourcing, product liability, brand and product protection and funding. Our team will work with you to ensure that your business runs smoothly and you are well placed for any hurdles you may encounter - whether negotiating contracts or corporate matters, dealing with disputes, protecting your IP, helping with your real estate or sourcing the right staff locally or internationally.
Our engineering and manufacturing lawyers work across the firm with colleagues with other legal specialists giving you access to a wide spectrum of legal expertise and manufacturing law knowledge. We are able to provide practical manufacturing legal advice that is specifically tailored to you and your business.
We also work with accountants, banks and other professional intermediaries with strengths in manufacturing and engineering to ensure that we can provide whole business solutions to you.
Our automotive expertise
We advise a broad range of clients within the automotive sector including: vehicle manufacturers (VMs), Tier 1/2/3 suppliers, the independent aftermarket (IAM), automotive finance houses, dealerships, automotive consultants and motorsport associations.
Our competitive rates combined with our automotive expertise (derived from our location in the heartland of the UK automotive sector), supports automotive businesses in addressing the challenges they face including increasing competition, streamlining costs and a growing sustainability agenda.
Our corporate solicitors can also offer strategic advice for any stage of the corporate lifecycle from routine company law through to regulatory advice for the manufacturing and engineering sector.
Our corporate team can advise on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, collaboration agreements, funding and investments, private equity funding, shareholder agreements and restructuring.
If the intellectual property rights created are infringed our lawyers can enforce them through commercial negotiation and agreement and, where appropriate, court proceedings.
Our employment team work with expert colleagues across the business who specialise in employment tax, benefits and incentives, EMI options, HR management and information governance to provide employers with a comprehensive employment-related service, whatever the size of your workforce.
Our team can advise on all human resources related matters including employment contracts, policies and handbooks, settlement agreements, employment tribunals, redundancy and restructurings, TUPE transfers
Our team can provide expert advice on all regulatory matters involving health and safety, including your responsibilities to make sure that your team are working safely within your corporate guidelines and the legal regulations.
We can advise on the steps that must be adhered to in order to ensure the safety of all those working within your team. As a minimum it is your legal responsibility to ensure everyone is competent and has the necessary resources to carry out work safely.
Outsourcing projects, by their very nature, can be lengthy and become very complex; it is not uncommon for various different issues to arise, regardless of whether the project involves business services, logistics, software, hardware or related services.
In our team we have experienced outsourcing solicitors who can assist in outsourcing projects across an array of areas including IT, technology, facilities and business services. We can help with managing supply chain risk including advising on commercial contracts, standard and bespoke terms and conditions, contract reviews and dealing with insolvency in the supply chain.
If you handle personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. Our data protection solicitors offer guidance to any business on their obligations and all aspects of data protection compliance and information governance.
We advised the building contractors on the civil engineering and groundworks contracts and the superstructure and automation contracts for the multi-million pounds waste to energy plant provided by Shanks/Scottish and Southern for the benefit of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils. This contract package was based on NEC3 which was heavily amended to suit a bespoke PFI sub-contract mechanism with two different contracts dealing with the groundworks and civil engineering followed by the superstructure and commissioning presses, needing detailed interaction between the contractors to avoid inappropriate risk share arrangements. This was a PFI based structure so the top contracts were bespoke project agreements but by the time they came down to the building sub-contractor they were based on NEC3 with PFI concepts inserted as amendments leading to a complicated contract which had to meet bank funding for PFI expectations while also complying with the law on construction contracts.
If you’re looking for legal advice for your manufacturing or engineering business please call our lawyers for a consultation.
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