We are an entrepreneurial law firm working with entrepreneurial businesses within the Manufacturing and Engineering Industries. As trusted business advisers, we provide support at every stage of a company's growth.
From our involvement with top level initiatives such as Innovate UK's work to boost innovation in manufacturing, through to a deep understanding of the employment issues faced in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, we understand the concerns and opportunities that face your business.
We advise most of the UK's Science, Technology and Engineering fund providers and are retained by most of the key influencing bodies in UK Science, Technology and Engineering.
We are proud to be headline sponsors of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation Awards which will look to recognise the work within this sector and support the future economic growth within the county.
Our Experience Includes:
Fluid Transfer is a global company renowned for providing refuelling solutions for aviation, marine and ground fuels. Focusing on the design, development and manufacturing of aircraft refuelling vehicles, systems and equipment, their extensive product range includes bulk refuellers, diesel or electric dispensers, refuelling carts, marine, portable and static refuelling systems and pump sets. Fluid Transfer International manufactures and markets an extensive range of associated components and offers extensive equipment repair, refurbishment and onsite maintenance programmes.
Serving the global market from its base in Gloucestershire, with its appointed strategically located global affiliates, the FTi brand is synonymous with the highest quality performing fuel products and solutions.
We have advised FTi in two key areas - with their International trade, advising on terms and conditions, and with their HR requirements, helping the company to manage staff effectively and ensuring that Fluid Transfer is a good place to work.
Lead Lawyers: Iain Garfield and Sarah Lee
Fluid Transfer explains how we have supported them with both international trade and HR services:
Other Clients Include:
Our client contracted with Ricardo Plc to provide a turnkey solution vehicle emissions testing facility in Shoreham, West Sussex.
Vehicle Emissions Research Centre, Shoreham, UK
We advised in respect of the FIDIC Silver Book contract between Ricardo Plc and Horiba UK Limited, and the FIDIC Yellow Book contract between Horiba UK Limited and Mansell Construction Services Limited, who are designing and building the shell.
Our client is designing, installing and commissioning the vehicle emissions testing equipment within the facility, which includes rolling road and the ability to re-create various environmental conditions.
Lead lawyer: Anna Wood
Biogest Energie und Wasstertechnik GmbH
We are Biogest's legal adviser for the design and installation of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK
Contractual advice in respect of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK
These range from clusters of 120KW in Scotland to a 24MW in Devon. Procurement routes include IChemE Red Book, MF/1 and bespoke delivery agreements. We assisted the client with its suite of security bonds, which had to be heavily negotiated with their Austrian bank to be accepted both in Vienna and the UK. This called for creativity and pragmatism in approach.
Biogest, an Austrian company, has designed and installed anaerobic digestion plants at numerous sites across Europe, on all their UK sites. Procuement routes include the IChemE Red Book, MF/1 and FIDC Yellow Book as well as bespoke delivery agreements. Key performance indicators and appropriate division of risk is critical to the success of Biogest's projects.
In conjunction with DLA Piper in Vienna, we also advise on cross jurisdiction issues including, for instance, the client's security package from its funders to their customers.
Lead Lawyer: Anna Wood
AGD Systems is at the cutting-edge in the design and manufacturing of radar-based vehicle and pedestrian detection systems, and supply its products around the world.
Whether it is managing the company's global trade mark, design right and patent portfolio, or working alongside foreign telecommunications regulators and negotiating supply and distribution contracts with its customers, our manufacturing team has been able to provide valuable support and assistance on all areas of the business.
Lead Lawyer: Iain Garfield
Our manufacturing team worked with the UK team at Dentsply, a leading manufacturing of dental equipment, for a number of years.
We were first engaged to advise on the practical implications of the UK's bribery legislation in 2010, which has had far-reaching consequences in the wider medical and healthcare industries. From there, our manufacturing team has assisted Dentsply in other regulatory areas, such as ensuring compliance with Swedish data protection laws and US export control regulations. The team has also worked closely with the client in terms of getting its products into the market via distribution channels with well-known industry heavyweights, such as AAH and Alliance.
Lead Lawyer: Iain Garfield
Separation Technologies is a niche engineering and manufacturing firm specialising in processes using ion exchange resin technology, skilled in developing processes from lab through pilot to commercial scale.
Working closely with our manufacturing team, the client has negotiated and agreed a high-value, and potentially industry-leading, venture with pharmaceutical relevance, based on patented technology, with the world's leading manufacturer of dairy nutrition products. We have worked on the contractual terms to secure the supply of hardware, engineering designs and IP, and the subsequent terms of supply, leasing terms and patent licensing terms with the client's customer. Patent details can be found on their website.
Lead Lawyer: Iain Garfield
Pro-Bolt Ltd is a family run business based in the heart of England with a worldwide customer base that includes Castrol Honda Racing, Marc VDS, Air Kawasaki, Padgetts Honda, Seat Sport, Walt Disney (Signage Fasteners) and Lotus Cars.
The company supplies products to the majority of the World and British Superbike Teams, and now supply chassis builders FTR Moto and Suter Racing Technology in Moto 2. We have registered and negotiated the purchase of Pro-Bolt trade marks in the UK, advised on brand-protection matters, applied for global trade mark protection and assisted in restructuring the company.
You can download the Pro-Bolt case study here.
Lead lawyer: Matthew Jackson
We also work with engineers of various disciplines including:
- Global Building Controls – installation of building management systems
- CF Roberts – mechanical and electrical engineers
- ILEC IMEC – mechanical and electrical engineers
- Britannia Construction – civil engineers
- Rob Cole Civil Engineering – civil engineer for renewable energy and oil & gas projects
- Allcooper – mechanical and electrical engineers
- The Renewable Design Company - mechanical and electrical engineers in the renewable energy industry
- Fabric Architecture – structural engineers in large tensile fabric projects in the UK and Middle East
- Design Installation Service – mechanical and electrical engineers
- Mears Group – mechanical and electrical engineers in the social housing sector
- Atec – mechanical and electrical engineers
- Gilpin Demolition – civil engineers
- Interserve – mechanical and electrical engineers
- Manstal – mechanical engineers
- Masters Pipeline Services – civil and M&E engineers in the utility sector
- Smith's – civil engineers
- MF Freeman – civil engineers