Making the world turn
The estimates may vary, but despite recent figures there’s no denying that the UK’s manufacturing sector remains a force to be reckoned with: one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations employing nearly three million people directly, investing massively in R&D, and generating 10% of GDP1. Factor in the indirect effect of complex supply chains, and one alternative view is that the sector accounts for 23% of GDP and almost 7.5million jobs2.
The businesses involved in manufacturing are as broad as the classification itself, but innovative start-ups with cutting edge technology and established multi-national corporates share common challenges and concerns.
Embracing new technologies, products and processes can deliver greater productivity and competitive advantage, but the advent of Industry 4.0 will have a significant impact on employment, skills and investment. In addition, the domestic and international trading platforms are changing to create a more challenging environment to trade in for manufacturers (including logistics on border controls and movement of goods and people), therefore it is important to be on top of the issues.
How we've helped
DMH Stallard sponsors METALL, an established forum for manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses in the Gatwick Diamond area. The forum brings together businesses to network at thought-provoking presentations and workshops, share best practice, signpost growth opportunities, and discuss issues affecting businesses in this sector in particular.
You can find more information on the METALL website
and register to receive information about forthcoming events here
Our expertise in manufacturing
DMH Stallard has a long history of supporting the manufacturing sector and is proud to work with companies from diverse sub-sectors such as high value engineering, automotive, aerospace, chemicals, electronics, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, textiles and retail/consumer products.
If you’re looking for pragmatic support to let you get on with the job - from ethical trading, to Big Data, to Incoterms, to protection of your brand and intellectual property - you’re in the right place. As a full service firm, our experience in the manufacturing sector means that we can apply our technical expertise to work with your business and support you with your trading and growth models. We will also work with you and your other advisors (for example, tax specialists) to ensure that your legal trading structure for business and trading fits your financial and tax landscape.
Our services for manufacturing sector clients
Our services cover all aspects of law relating to businesses involved in or related to the manufacturing sector:
Commercial | We draft, review and negotiate commercial contracts in respect of the supply chain, co-operation agreements, R&D, collaborations and alliances, and contractual joint ventures amongst other things. Our team also has extensive experience in advising on IT, outsourcing and regulatory matters.
Intellectual property (IP) and IT | Protection of your IP and IT systems is critical to the success of most manufacturers and we can help you to safeguard your IP in relation to trade secrets, commercialising your designs, patents and trade marks and working with patent attorneys for securing registrations of relevant IP. We have a wealth of experience in advising on IP licensing and ownership issues, which are key to manufacturing businesses.
Information law | Our experts advise on all aspects of data privacy and information / cyber security, to help you manage your risks in relation to your data.
Corporate | Our team advises on incorporation, structure and governance, company secretarial matters, buying and selling manufacturing businesses, mergers and acquisitions, corporate joint venture, succession planning, investment and finance.
Employment | As well as providing operational support we advise on strategic issues, trade union matters, business immigration, and provide full representation in Tribunals if necessary. When skilled labour is in short supply, we can help you to recruit, retain and reward your team.
Banking and Finance | Our specialists know the banking system inside out and can advise on everything from re-financing to debt collection.
Real Estate | Significant transactional capability and capacity takes in development, construction, regeneration, leasehold matters, licences and dilapidations. Our unique planning team includes planning lawyers, environmental specialists and planning consultants: it delivers one of the leading planning and environmental services in the south of England.
Dispute resolution | Preserving productive commercial relationships is the key to delivering major manufacturing projects but it’s not always plain sailing. Our experts look to settle disagreements amicably, where possible, to preserve those relationships through mediation or arbitration before resorting to litigation.
1 Make UK
2 Manufacturing Technologies Association