The manufacturing sector continues to be strong and vibrant, with an ever-increasing focus on research and development, innovation, quality, differentiation, out-sourcing, increased competition, market expansion, IP protection and of course cost competitiveness. These issues permeate up and down the supply chain both in the UK and overseas and present challenges and opportunities for manufacturers, as well as their suppliers and customers.
When relationships break down and legal intervention is needed, businesses in the manufacturing sector require specialist lawyers who understand the industry and who have experience in the dynamics and complexity of disputes in the sector, which can be high-value and which can span across a range of jurisdictions.
How we can help
Well drafted agreements are the first line of protection and support if you need to enforce or protect your interests. However, even with well drafted agreements disputes can occur and we have the specialist experience to help our clients by effectively and efficiently managing the complete range of disputes which can arise in the sector, whether through domestic or international litigation or arbitration (including the LCIA and ICC), expert determination, mediation, or negotiation. We are also able to advise on the related regulatory compliance and enforcement issues that arise.
Our focus from the outset is to manage the risk of disputes, to avoid them arising in the first place, and if they do arise to minimise the risk of them escalating unnecessarily. We do this by quickly getting to the heart of the issues which really matter, both commercially and legally, and by finding practical and pragmatic solutions, coupled with control and direction.
When a dispute does escalate, our aim is to address the issues in such a way as to maximise the opportunities to achieve the best possible outcome at the optimal point in time, both quickly and in a cost effective way. Our in depth extensive experience in the sector, on issues arising both in the UK and overseas, means that we are able to achieve this by providing highly focused and strategic advice.
We have extensive experience in working with clients in the manufacturing sector, including in the fields of aerospace, automotive, chemicals, clothing, construction materials, consumer products, electronics and electrical equipment, energy, food and drink, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, printing and paper, telecoms and textiles. Those companies that we can assist include manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, distributors, designers, importers and exporters.
The range of disputes in which we have experience includes issues relating to product design and development, performance standards, defects and quality, penalties, limitation of liability, contract termination, non-payment, injunctive and damages claims, bribery and fraud, misuse of confidential information, pricing structures, late and non-delivery enforcement of IP rights, and force majeure.
When disputes have an international element we also work with our selected best friend law firms outside the UK to streamline and coordinate action on an international level to ensure a consistent and aligned approach.