Sectors

Manufacturing & Engineering Solicitors

Manufacturing and engineering law

We understand the vast and vital contribution manufacturing and engineering businesses make towards the British economy. Our solicitors partner with clients within these sectors to ensure their interests are protected and their commercial ambitions are achieved.

Our manufacturing and engineering lawyers have an in-depth understanding of these sectors and the needs of businesses. They will take the time to understand what success means to you and determine a strategy to achieve it, collaborating across our commercial law departments to ensure you receive practical, dynamic advice and representation.

We can assist you in all aspects of law related to manufacturing and engineering including drafting, reviewing and/or negotiating commercial contracts, finance and investment, IP protection and infringements, manufacturing and engineering disputes, buying and selling a manufacturing or engineering-based business, commercial property, employment law matters, manufacturing or engineering joint ventures, partnerships or other collaborations, data protection, business immigration sponsor licences, and outsourcing.

As manufacturing and engineering dispute resolution lawyers, we are alive to the fact that often commercial relationships need to be preserved to ensure a project is completed regardless of any dispute. Therefore, we are skilled at achieving resolutions through alternative dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Our offices are in Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester and London if you require a face-to-face meeting, but we typically work remotely to keep our overheads low which enables us to offer our innovative pricing packages.

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What our manufacturing lawyers do

Our manufacturing and engineering lawyers have the experience, industry knowledge, and commercial acumen required to provide smart, pragmatic legal advice and representation.

Whether you are a start-up or a multi-national corporate, our team can provide you with a complete service in all aspects of commercial, regulatory, commercial property, and dispute resolution for any manufacturing and engineering organisation or projects.

Our team understands that those operating in the manufacturing and engineering sectors are faced with innumerable challenges including squeezed margins, attracting and retaining talent, investment and finance, regulatory compliance, and of course Brexit. We are unique in our ability to deliver cost-effective, quality service to our clients because:

  • We specialise in all sectors of commercial law, and our specialist teams will collaborate to ensure you receive expert advice on all your legal matters.
  • Our business model allows clients to pay a small monthly amount to us via direct debit, which, in turn, helps them manage cash flow – a critical advantage for most manufacturing and engineering businesses.

When it comes to regulatory compliance, our lawyers are up-to-date with domestic and international laws and conventions that apply to the manufacturing and engineering sector and will proactively advise you on any changes required to ensure your organisation fully complies with its duties and responsibilities. And if a breach occurs, we will be quickly on-hand to recover evidence and investigate the matter and ensure you have a vigorous defence available.

Legal advice for manufacturing and engineering businesses

Our manufacturing and engineering solicitors can advise on a broad range of legal matters varying from simple commercial property agreements to complex international joint ventures. In particular, we can advise you on:

  • Industrial products
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Food and drink/agribusiness
  • Metals
  • Chemicals
  • Automotive and transport

Testimonials

What our clients say

Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
Our longstanding relationship has enabled us to get deals over the line quickly and efficiently, with minimum fuss or kickback from opposing lawyers representing the companies we’re investing in. I find the legal team at Harper James efficient, smart and personable. Speed is of the essence for early stage investing and Harper James recognises this and acts accordingly.
Kieran Hill COO, Ascension Ventures
The team at Harper James have demonstrated time and again that they have a deep understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurial businesses and their funding.
Charles Smith Director, Interpac Limited
They adopted a proactive approach to overcoming issues, and their knowledge of the sector and investors and preparedness to identify novel solutions has proved extremely beneficial.
Charles Smith Director, Interpac Limited
Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.
Jean de Fougerolles CEO, Ascension Ventures
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
Our longstanding relationship has enabled us to get deals over the line quickly and efficiently, with minimum fuss or kickback from opposing lawyers representing the companies we’re investing in. I find the legal team at Harper James efficient, smart and personable. Speed is of the essence for early stage investing and Harper James recognises this and acts accordingly.
Kieran Hill COO, Ascension Ventures
The team at Harper James have demonstrated time and again that they have a deep understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurial businesses and their funding.
Charles Smith Director, Interpac Limited
They adopted a proactive approach to overcoming issues, and their knowledge of the sector and investors and preparedness to identify novel solutions has proved extremely beneficial.
Charles Smith Director, Interpac Limited
Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.
Jean de Fougerolles CEO, Ascension Ventures

Manufacturing solicitors with sector expertise

Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 law firms or international businesses and come with a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of the manufacturing and engineering sector. Because our firm is 100% focused on business law, our team spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a commercial solicitor with manufacturing and engineering experience to deal with it quickly and cost-effectively.

Previous experience with manufacturing and engineering companies include:

  • Various agreements for an international advanced fluids and electromechanical engineering client, including drafting supply agreements and reviewing and amending NDAs.
  • Advising a steel and metals client, specialising in CNC milling and turning and sheet metal fabrication and engineering, on product liability claims, contracts for company chairman and preparing standard terms of supply and purchase.
  • Assisting an international automotive technology client in closing transactions of their investment rounds, advising on IP infringement, referral agreement Cooperation agreement, company documents regarding allocation and issue of options, as well as assisting with employment tribunal proceedings.
  • Advising an automotive interior manufacturer on amending powers of attorney, lease renewal of commercial property and dilapidations settlements, and preparing documents for change of directors.
  • Advising a leading private mint on range of issues including their B2B agreements, their interactions with governments, national banks and their third party sub-contractors.
  • Representing successful defendants (a company and an individual) in a claim against them for £200,000 relating to conversion of industrial machinery.
  • Acting for manufacturers of steel castings and forgings in relation to claims and intimated claims about the quality and fitness for purpose of those products; defending and passing on claims.
  • Acting for several large UK car dealers, advising on disputes with customers and manufacturers and providing training to dealer principals on handling customer issues and dealing with claims.
  • Acting for a large motor dealer against a government department in proceedings in the High Court in England and before the European Court of Justice relating to the potential recovery of £millions of VAT for them and other dealers.
  • All types of commercial property transactions throughout the industry.

Pricing plans

Legal support designed
to fit your business needs

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.

On-Demand

Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.



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Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP
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