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An economic powerhouse, the UK’s manufacturing and logistics sector employs nearly six million people and contributes significantly to GDP. Wherever you are in the supply chain, we have the team, experience and insights to provide legal support for your operational and growth goals.

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Global supply-chain disruption, geopolitical tension and the ripple effects of Brexit continue to pose challenges for businesses in both sectors. At the same time, significant growth opportunities await businesses that are willing to embrace the ever-changing economic environment and advances in technology.

At Collyer Bristow, we know your markets. Our multidisciplinary team can help you seize the opportunities of a fast-moving, globalised economy – while proactively safeguarding against the challenges you might face.

Supporting the engine of global commerce & industry

We have a long history of supporting the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Our clients come from such diverse sub-sectors as FMCG, automotive, medical devices, digital technology, food & drink, construction, beauty and fashion. Whether you source or process raw materials, manufacture parts or products, or transport and store the goods, we have the sector and legal expertise you need.

Manufacturing and logistics can be complicated but our advice is not. We don’t turn molehills into mountains. Clients work with us because we are fluent in the issues they are facing and provide pragmatic advice that lets them get on with the job.

Manufacturing & Logistics work highlights

chemical-factory
person typing on tablet
industrial-building
luxury watches
mining-camp
makeup brushes
oil-refinery-petrol
doctor holding a vaccine
containers
Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
factory
ambulance-vehicle
surgery room
container-ship
Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
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truck-manufacturer
Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer

Acting for a chemical science company pursuing confidential information exploitation claims

We acted for a chemical science company pursuing claims against three former employees and a shareholder who exploited trade secrets and confidential information.

Acting for a leading US software supplier in relation to an LCIA arbitration

We acted for a leading US software supplier in relation to an LCIA arbitration seated in London on matters arising out of the termination of contracts in a large UK infrastructure project.

Acting for a property investment company on its nationwide portfolio

We acted for a property investment company on its nationwide portfolio including the management and sales relating to its multiple industrial estates.

Acting for a watch manufacturer in a multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute

We successfully acted for our client, a designer watch manufacturer, in a ten year multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute against by a former licensee.

Acting in ICC and Swiss arbitrations for allegations of fraud

We acted for a South African mining company in ICC and Swiss arbitrations seated in London, involving allegations of fraud in connection with a mining project.

Advising a beauty brand

We advised a beauty and cosmetic products brand on its product manufacturing agreements.

Advising a leading petrochemical company in fraud proceedings

We acted on behalf of a leading petrochemical company in fraud proceedings, including successful application for a worldwide freezing order in the English Court and Norwich Pharmacal orders in the BVI and Cyprus. US Section 1782 orders were also obtained against related entities in the US.

Advising on a medical patent infringement

We acted for a pioneering Swiss-based medical laboratory, in High Court patent infringement and validity proceedings. This complex case considered the infringement of a patent for an innovative medical product under the newly developed doctrine of equivalents as recently formulated by the Supreme Court.

Advising on supply chain and logistics agreements

We advised a leading Swiss-owned multinational manufacturing group on its UK supply chain and logistics agreements

Advising on the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

We acted on the acquisition, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

Assisting in drafting construction contracts for industrial and logistics hubs

We advised on the construction contract drafting on two substantial projects involving industrial and logistics hubs in the North of England.

Defending a medical products manufacturer against claims for damages

We acted for a medical products manufacturer defending claims for damages arising from the supply of allegedly substandard products to the NHS.

Defending in High Court proceedings against allegations of infringement

We successfully defended our clients in the High Court against allegations of infringement, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity in an action brought by their former employer concerning the manufacture of surgical support devices. The successful outcome on all substantial claims also included an award of indemnity costs in our clients’ favour.

Dispute over loan notes issued in relation to the acquisition of shipping vessels

We advised a shipping company in a dispute over loan notes issued in relation to the acquisition of vessels and including an injunction application to restrain enforcement of loan note provisions pending the outcome of the arbitration.

Providing commercial advice for a leading car manufacturer

We acted for one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, advising on various commercial contracts, including service agreements, warranty agreements, media agreements, dealership contracts, data processing agreements, events agreements and supply agreements among a number of other commercial matters.

Representing a specialist insolvency litigation financing company pursuing damages claims

Representing a specialist insolvency litigation financing company pursuing claims in relation to 22 companies (in ether administration or liquidation) for damages and/or other relief in respect of loss and damages caused by the unlawful coordination of certain truck manufactures in relation to the supply of trucks.

Resolving a dispute for a major logistics company facing a class action

We resolved a dispute for a major logistics company facing a class action brought by hundreds of former employees over its alleged failure to carry out a fair redundancy consultation during the pandemic.

Sale of logistics firm

We acted for the owner-managers of a major logistics firm on the sale of the company.

€120 million claim between global automotive product manufacturers and Japanese car-maker

We acted for global automotive product manufacturers in litigation and in a trial brought by a major car- maker over the supply of 1.6 million car batteries which involved approximately 900,000 separate claims and a total claim value of about €120 million.

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Commercial contracts

Expertly crafting, negotiating and fine-tuning contracts, our team specialises in all key areas of your operations, from production to partnerships. Whether your contract involves production, suppliers, IP, logistics, distribution, outsourcing, franchising, sponsorships, collaborations, joint ventures or R&D, it is likely we have advised on something similar many times before.

Find out more.

Corporate

We provide sharp and efficient guidance to businesses in the manufacturing and logistics sectors and those wishing to operate or invest in these sectors. Wherever you are in the business lifecycle, we support you through incorporation, structures, governance, M&A (both buy and sell-side), joint ventures, private equity finance, insolvency, corporate recovery and funding issues.

Find out more.

Data protection

Good data management is crucial to the success of your business. We advise our clients on data protection best practices, data-sharing agreements and UK GDPR compliance, and can assist with obtaining advice from outside the UK. Facing a data breach or a data subject access request? Our rapid response deals with the matter swiftly, minimising disruption to your business and your clients.

Find out more.

Dispute resolution

Disputes arising out of the supply of goods and services, breach of contract, product liability, joint ventures, distribution agreements and the breakdown of commercial relationships are often disruptive, time-consuming and damaging to your bottom line, reputation and, in some circumstances, survival. We help resolve them strategically and amicably, even in complex, sensitive and high-value cases, both within the UK and internationally.

Find out more.

Employment

Employing close to 6 million UK workers at all levels and from all backgrounds, effective workforce management remains crucial to the success of businesses in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. From employment contracts and staff handbooks to industrial action and dismissal, we help you navigate any employment issues that emerge and handle disputes as they arise.

Find out more.

Immigration

Your business thrives on global talent; we make sure you can bring the best and brightest to the UK without the headache. Whether it’s securing visas for non-UK residents or facilitating the international movement of your key players, our team cuts through the red tape to keep you running smoothly.

Find out more.

Intellectual property

In the competitive and dynamic manufacturing and logistics sector, safeguarding your intellectual creations is business-critical. We can help you protect and commercialise your IP, both inside and outside the UK. Facing an IP dispute? Count on us to fiercely defend your intellectual property rights in courts across the UK, the EU and, through our extensive international network, beyond.

Find out more.

Real estate

Our real estate expertise spans the full transactions spectrum—from investment and development, to sales, purchases, leases, planning and environmental matters. Supported by our construction and real estate litigation teams, we deliver end-to-end support for your warehouses, storage facilities, factories, offices, retail and wholesale units, and transport and distribution hubs.

Find out more.

Manufacturing & Logistics Publications

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    Employment and Immigration Expertise

    An overview of our Employment and Immigration services.

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  • Corporate Know-How Guides: Selling a Business

    We look at the flip side of price structuring, instead focusing on how a seller could secure elements of the purchase price that are delayed – or at least obtain comfort around the buyer’s ability to pay them.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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  • Corporate Know-How Guides: Buying a Business

    When making an offer for a business, the question of when the consideration will be paid can often be just as important as how much will be paid. We look at four of the most common options available to prospective buyers (beyond upfront cash payments) and the risks/rewards posed by them.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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  • The City of London just after sunset, United Kingdom

    Private equity/post M&A disputes

    Often involving complex, cross-border issues, our team has a great deal of experience in resolving the full range of post-M&A disputes.

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  • CB Comply: Data Protection training

    May 2023 will mark five years since the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. But all that good work your business undertook in preparation will go to waste if you don’t revisit your current data protection practices, procedures, and policies. Find out more on CB Data Protection training.

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  • Advice for senior executives

    Conflicts at work can be distressing and daunting for a variety of reasons and trying to deal with them on your own is difficult. We can help to clarify the situation for you by providing clear, practical and confidential guidance.

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  • Breach of warranty claims

    Commercial Disputes Know-How Guides: Breach of Warranty Claims (Share Acquisition)

    Warranties are contractual statements of fact that are typically given by a seller to a buyer in a share purchase agreement (“SPA”) or other contract as one of the ways in which risk is allocated between parties in the acquisition of a target company (the “Target”).

    Discover our new series of practical know-how guides for those involved in commercial disputes.

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  • cb-checkpoint

    CB Checkpoint: overview

    There are a number of key policies, procedures and documents your business should keep up to date, to be both legally protected and in preparation for investment or exit. Our team will give your business a full check-over.

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  • Repudiation of contract

    Commercial Disputes Know-How Guides: Repudiation of Contract

    If a breach of contract is so serious that it can be said to go to the core of the contract and deprives the innocent party of the benefit of the contract, then it may be a repudiatory breach that gives the innocent party the option of treating the contract as terminated and seeking damages.

    Discover our new series of practical know-how guides for those involved in commercial disputes.

    Download now

  • mergers and acquisitions flyer

    Mergers & Acquisitions: an overview of our expertise

    An overview of the expertise of our Corporate team in relation to mergers and acquisitions, where we act for experienced private equity backed buyers as well more novice sellers who need careful guidance through this potentially daunting legal maze.

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    Real Estate services

    Our services in Real Estate, helping clients in the financing, growing, managing and disposing of property.

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    Dispute resolution services

    An overview of our  range of commercial litigation services, supporting businesses operating in a vast range of industries in the resolution of a full range of commercial disputes.

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    Services for businesses

    An overview of our services supporting ambitious mid-sized businesses, investors and successful entrepreneurs in building, operating and scaling enterprises.

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  • The City of London just after sunset, United Kingdom

    Doing business in the UK

    Whether you are looking to set up a new business here or expand an existing one, this guide covers the key things you need to know to avoid potential pitfalls and get the most out of your investment.

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    Manufacturing & Logistics

    An economic powerhouse, the UK’s manufacturing and logistics sector employs nearly six million people and contributes significantly to GDP. Wherever you are in the supply chain, we have the team, experience and insights to provide legal support for your operational and growth goals.

    • Key contact

      Patrick Wheeler

      Patrick Wheeler

      Partner - Head of IP & Data Protection

      ArrowView profile

    • The Team

      Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to provide you with creative, personalised solutions in a clear and understandable way.

      ArrowMeet the team

    • Our Publications

      Discover a wealth of invaluable guidance in the form of guides and brochures written by our expert lawyers.

      ArrowSee our downloads

    • Are you certain your business' IP rights are protected?

      The Collyer Bristow IPR health check is a short test designed to focus on the way you currently manage your IPR and highlight potential risks and opportunities.

      ArrowTake the test

    Global supply-chain disruption, geopolitical tension and the ripple effects of Brexit continue to pose challenges for businesses in both sectors. At the same time, significant growth opportunities await businesses that are willing to embrace the ever-changing economic environment and advances in technology.

    At Collyer Bristow, we know your markets. Our multidisciplinary team can help you seize the opportunities of a fast-moving, globalised economy – while proactively safeguarding against the challenges you might face.

    Supporting the engine of global commerce & industry

    We have a long history of supporting the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Our clients come from such diverse sub-sectors as FMCG, automotive, medical devices, digital technology, food & drink, construction, beauty and fashion. Whether you source or process raw materials, manufacture parts or products, or transport and store the goods, we have the sector and legal expertise you need.

    Manufacturing and logistics can be complicated but our advice is not. We don’t turn molehills into mountains. Clients work with us because we are fluent in the issues they are facing and provide pragmatic advice that lets them get on with the job.

    Manufacturing & Logistics work highlights

    chemical-factory
    person typing on tablet
    industrial-building
    luxury watches
    mining-camp
    makeup brushes
    oil-refinery-petrol
    doctor holding a vaccine
    containers
    Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
    factory
    ambulance-vehicle
    surgery room
    container-ship
    Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
    trucks parked
    truck-manufacturer
    Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer

    Acting for a chemical science company pursuing confidential information exploitation claims

    We acted for a chemical science company pursuing claims against three former employees and a shareholder who exploited trade secrets and confidential information.

    Acting for a leading US software supplier in relation to an LCIA arbitration

    We acted for a leading US software supplier in relation to an LCIA arbitration seated in London on matters arising out of the termination of contracts in a large UK infrastructure project.

    Acting for a property investment company on its nationwide portfolio

    We acted for a property investment company on its nationwide portfolio including the management and sales relating to its multiple industrial estates.

    Acting for a watch manufacturer in a multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute

    We successfully acted for our client, a designer watch manufacturer, in a ten year multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute against by a former licensee.

    Acting in ICC and Swiss arbitrations for allegations of fraud

    We acted for a South African mining company in ICC and Swiss arbitrations seated in London, involving allegations of fraud in connection with a mining project.

    Advising a beauty brand

    We advised a beauty and cosmetic products brand on its product manufacturing agreements.

    Advising a leading petrochemical company in fraud proceedings

    We acted on behalf of a leading petrochemical company in fraud proceedings, including successful application for a worldwide freezing order in the English Court and Norwich Pharmacal orders in the BVI and Cyprus. US Section 1782 orders were also obtained against related entities in the US.

    Advising on a medical patent infringement

    We acted for a pioneering Swiss-based medical laboratory, in High Court patent infringement and validity proceedings. This complex case considered the infringement of a patent for an innovative medical product under the newly developed doctrine of equivalents as recently formulated by the Supreme Court.

    Advising on supply chain and logistics agreements

    We advised a leading Swiss-owned multinational manufacturing group on its UK supply chain and logistics agreements

    Advising on the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

    We acted on the acquisition, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

    Assisting in drafting construction contracts for industrial and logistics hubs

    We advised on the construction contract drafting on two substantial projects involving industrial and logistics hubs in the North of England.

    Defending a medical products manufacturer against claims for damages

    We acted for a medical products manufacturer defending claims for damages arising from the supply of allegedly substandard products to the NHS.

    Defending in High Court proceedings against allegations of infringement

    We successfully defended our clients in the High Court against allegations of infringement, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity in an action brought by their former employer concerning the manufacture of surgical support devices. The successful outcome on all substantial claims also included an award of indemnity costs in our clients’ favour.

    Dispute over loan notes issued in relation to the acquisition of shipping vessels

    We advised a shipping company in a dispute over loan notes issued in relation to the acquisition of vessels and including an injunction application to restrain enforcement of loan note provisions pending the outcome of the arbitration.

    Providing commercial advice for a leading car manufacturer

    We acted for one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, advising on various commercial contracts, including service agreements, warranty agreements, media agreements, dealership contracts, data processing agreements, events agreements and supply agreements among a number of other commercial matters.

    Representing a specialist insolvency litigation financing company pursuing damages claims

    Representing a specialist insolvency litigation financing company pursuing claims in relation to 22 companies (in ether administration or liquidation) for damages and/or other relief in respect of loss and damages caused by the unlawful coordination of certain truck manufactures in relation to the supply of trucks.

    Resolving a dispute for a major logistics company facing a class action

    We resolved a dispute for a major logistics company facing a class action brought by hundreds of former employees over its alleged failure to carry out a fair redundancy consultation during the pandemic.

    Sale of logistics firm

    We acted for the owner-managers of a major logistics firm on the sale of the company.

    €120 million claim between global automotive product manufacturers and Japanese car-maker

    We acted for global automotive product manufacturers in litigation and in a trial brought by a major car- maker over the supply of 1.6 million car batteries which involved approximately 900,000 separate claims and a total claim value of about €120 million.

    Jump to the top of the Manufacturing & Logistics page.

    Commercial contracts

    Expertly crafting, negotiating and fine-tuning contracts, our team specialises in all key areas of your operations, from production to partnerships. Whether your contract involves production, suppliers, IP, logistics, distribution, outsourcing, franchising, sponsorships, collaborations, joint ventures or R&D, it is likely we have advised on something similar many times before.

    Find out more.

    Corporate

    We provide sharp and efficient guidance to businesses in the manufacturing and logistics sectors and those wishing to operate or invest in these sectors. Wherever you are in the business lifecycle, we support you through incorporation, structures, governance, M&A (both buy and sell-side), joint ventures, private equity finance, insolvency, corporate recovery and funding issues.

    Find out more.

    Data protection

    Good data management is crucial to the success of your business. We advise our clients on data protection best practices, data-sharing agreements and UK GDPR compliance, and can assist with obtaining advice from outside the UK. Facing a data breach or a data subject access request? Our rapid response deals with the matter swiftly, minimising disruption to your business and your clients.

    Find out more.

    Dispute resolution

    Disputes arising out of the supply of goods and services, breach of contract, product liability, joint ventures, distribution agreements and the breakdown of commercial relationships are often disruptive, time-consuming and damaging to your bottom line, reputation and, in some circumstances, survival. We help resolve them strategically and amicably, even in complex, sensitive and high-value cases, both within the UK and internationally.

    Find out more.

    Employment

    Employing close to 6 million UK workers at all levels and from all backgrounds, effective workforce management remains crucial to the success of businesses in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. From employment contracts and staff handbooks to industrial action and dismissal, we help you navigate any employment issues that emerge and handle disputes as they arise.

    Find out more.

    Immigration

    Your business thrives on global talent; we make sure you can bring the best and brightest to the UK without the headache. Whether it’s securing visas for non-UK residents or facilitating the international movement of your key players, our team cuts through the red tape to keep you running smoothly.

    Find out more.

    Intellectual property

    In the competitive and dynamic manufacturing and logistics sector, safeguarding your intellectual creations is business-critical. We can help you protect and commercialise your IP, both inside and outside the UK. Facing an IP dispute? Count on us to fiercely defend your intellectual property rights in courts across the UK, the EU and, through our extensive international network, beyond.

    Find out more.

    Real estate

    Our real estate expertise spans the full transactions spectrum—from investment and development, to sales, purchases, leases, planning and environmental matters. Supported by our construction and real estate litigation teams, we deliver end-to-end support for your warehouses, storage facilities, factories, offices, retail and wholesale units, and transport and distribution hubs.

    Find out more.

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