Manufacturing and engineering

We value the clear and concise advice we received as well as the prompt and helpful service.

Jimmy Contractor, Tata Limited

Our manufacturing and engineering clients operate at the forefront of innovation across a broad range of industries, including the chemical, automotive and aerospace sectors. We have a wealth of experience in advising them at all levels and at all stages in the life cycle of their organisations through our highly-regarded group of specialists.

Manufacturing and engineering businesses are often characterised by a strong commitment to research and development and protection of key IP within an increasingly competitive market. Our team of ‘band 1’ ranked lawyers provides expert guidance on all aspects of intellectual property and commercial law, including complex licensing arrangements, university collaborations, cross-border joint ventures and IP infringement litigation.

We take every opportunity to understand our clients’ businesses, and many members of our team have spent time working in industry, both as in-house counsel and on long-term secondments.  We believe that an understanding of the wider business environment is crucial to enable us to provide commercially focused, up-to-the-minute advice.

Clients also benefit from our international reach. We use our strong global connections to support them as they expand and operate on a multinational level, whether organically or by acquisition.

We offer expert advice on:

  • a broad range of commercial agreements, including agreements for R&D, collaborations, distribution, agency, manufacturing, supply and purchasing
  • IP licensing, acquisition and technology transfer agreements
  • competition law
  • domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposals and general corporate finance
  • investments and management buy-outs
  • dispute resolution services, including intellectual property infringement actions
  • employment and immigration
  • product liability
  • property and construction matters including scale-up and design of manufacturing plant
  • tax issues including ‘patent box’

Recent work highlights

Centre of excellence in ATMP supply chains

Acting for Oxford BioMedica plc in relation to its successful bid as lead applicant for £7.7 million of AMSCI funding for the development of a centre of excellence in advanced-therapy medicinal product supply chains in the UK.


Cross border joint ventures for Unilever

Advising several Unilever venture spin-out companies in the chemicals and water filtration areas, including forming joint ventures and worldwide manufacturing and supply agreements.


Engineering designs in the automotive industry

Representing a leading provider in the design, engineering and manufacture of automotive interior systems in contract negotiations with a global motor manufacturer.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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