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The complexities of the global manufacturing industry are diverse and the sector faces its own unique set of challenges.

With our strategic focus on the manufacturing sector, we understand the market, the structure of the industry and the challenges which our clients face. 

We’re proud of our track record of working with the manufacturing sector and the wealth of experience we have gained. This sets us apart from other advisers.  

You need a legal team who will be with you every step of the way, providing clear, commercial advice that translates into practical action.

Our approach to working with manufacturing businesses spans the whole process, from production through to logistics and retail/brand management. As an extension of your team, we will work alongside you when new products are developed and when you’re navigating the complexities of regulated environments. Our aim is to make it easier for you to do business, in spite of the need for ever-complicated compliance and risk management across everything from labelling and research to global logistics. Our experts ask the right questions and work hard to ensure you get the right solution. We offer a rare blend of cross-sector expertise ranging from high volume, energy intensive industries through to high value consumer products and brands. We share best practice and experience of business process improvements from one sub-sector to another. We demonstrate a real appreciation of the importance of sustainability and environmental issues, in your business today.

Because our team is truly combined, we’re able to anticipate the speed of change, emerging technologies and the challenges facing you at each step.

We’re proud of our long-term relationships, advising clients ranging from start-ups to FTSE100 and internationally based companies. For decades, we’ve listened to them and responded by delivering the value they expect.

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T:+44 (0)191 279 9457

What we do

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Agreements for the purchase and supply of products and services
  • Plant expansion projects
  • Toll manufacturing agreements
  • Logistics agreements
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Claims under EU Commercial Agents Regulations
  • Product liability and recall actions
  • Construction and engineering disputes
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • Joint ventures
  • Reorganisation/restructuring
  • Refinancing
  • Corporate governance
  • Merger clearance
  • Antitrust and State Aid advice
  • Dawn Raid Response Service
  • Regulatory compliance advice
  • Permitting, contamination and waste management issues
  • Defending regulatory enforcement and civil proceedings
  • Advising on environmental economic instruments (CCL/ETS)
  • 24/7 Environment & Safety Helpline
  • Site acquisitions and disposals
  • Access agreements and easements
  • Remediation and reclamation
  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Research and development collaborations
  • Technology licensing agreements
  • Patent infringement advice and litigation
  • Trade mark and design filings and brand portfolio management 
  • Employment and pensions advice
  • Health and safety.

Sector expertise

Examples of work

  • Advising a specialist manufacturing investor on its defence of a £1m warranty claim. Also advising a major subsidiary of on liability risks related to its tender for a high profile 15 year smart meter supply.
  • Advising a multi-national client on threats of patent infringement proceedings made by a competition
  • Acting for a listed defence company in relation to the £140 million refinancing of its UK banking arrangements with a club of 3 core lenders. We assisted the company and their UK debt advisors in preparing term sheets for negotiation with all of its existing banks which culminated in the refinancing and separating out of the facilities into a Common Terms Structure to meet the company's commercial requirements in relation to its trading and bonding bi-lateral facilities.
  • Advising a global chemicals manufacturer on the full range of UK EHS legal issues.
  • Advising a manufacturer of industrial fans (for extraction, ventilation and air conditioning) in relation to English law matters in connection with the refinancing of a £100,000,000 Term Loan Facility and a smaller £12,000,000 Revolving Credit Facility to the group.
  • Advising a UK tile manufacturer on the procurement of an ERP solution
  • Advising a  leading commercial bank on the provision of a £7,500,000 revolving credit facility to a company which manufactures and supplies agricultural products to farmers and the wider rural community in Wales, the Welsh border counties, the Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire and operates the a national chain of retail stores
  • Advising a leading car manufacturer on the full range of UK and European EHS issues including: environmental work, preparing a comprehensive EHS compliance register for the business’ activities in the UK, developing an EU and UK environmental and health and safety Legal Guide for the manufacturing, take-back, recycling and recovery of lithium-ion batteries associated with their electric vehicle project and provision of training on health and safety law compliance and environmental law compliance
  • Advising a global leader in chemicals in relation to a broad mix of commercial contracts and the negotiation of agreements for the supply of utilities to the world’s largest low density polyethylene facility to be constructed at the Wilton International chemical complex on Teesside
  • Advising a leading global producer of packaging in relation to product supply and new product development agreements and other technical and commercial collaborations and contractual joint ventures
  • Advising a leading global supplier of commercial food service equipment on the implementation of its intra group pan European cash pooling arrangements following its corporate separation from a crane operating group
  • Advising a leading global producer of packaging in relation to product supply and new product development agreements and other technical and commercial collaborations and contractual joint ventures
  • Advising a multinational chemical company on a significant project for the construction of steam raising boilers including advising on associated services and utilities contracts
  • Advising a leading global supplier of commercial food service equipment on the implementation of its intra group pan European cash pooling arrangements following its corporate separation from a crane operating group.