1. Automotive

    We offer legal expertise to the automotive sector across a broad range of disciplines to clients of all sizes, whether regional or national, whether in the manufacturing supply chain, a retailer, a technology solutions provider or in the motorsport industry (as part of our sports offering).

    Our team recognises the challenges faced by our clients as a consequence of economic, political and environmental change, and has the knowledge and experience to support them in achieving their commercial objectives.

    This experience has included:

    • Set up, establishment and expansion of all aspects of the automotive supply chain, including retail centres, manufacturing and storage facilities
    • Technology agreements and data protection arrangements (including in connection with driverless cars and mapping technology, and the use of “big data” (including telematics))
    • Site and dealership portfolio management, including lease negotiations
    • Application of the automotive block exemptions and related competition law issues
    • Protection of confidential information
    • Compliance and disputes advice
    • Brand monitoring, including patents, trade marks and design rights, as well as reputation management for racing drivers
    • Sponsorship and celebrity endorsement arrangements



  2. Automotive Team Experience

    • Advising a well-known international automotive brand in relation to the roll-out of web technology to dealers, and appointment of an agency to supply various digital and IT-related services to that manufacturer and its dealerships
    • Advising a leading British supercar manufacturer in relation to manufacturing and testing facilities in Yorkshire
    • Advising a manufacturer of components for motorsport customers in relation to immigration and employment issues in relation to a visiting design engineer and the application of exemptions that exist in the motorsport industry
    • Managing the intellectual property portfolio for a well-known motorsport team and acting on its behalf in proceedings for trademark infringement, passing off and copyright infringement
    • Advising a German manufacturer and supplier of parts to the automotive sector in defence of a claim for damages for alleged wrongful termination of a logistics contract
    • Advising a financial services technology company in relation to a claim for breach of contract following the unilateral termination of a contract for the development of a mobile and tablet App for Formula E
    • Advising a well-known international manufacturer on the development of an import storage and preparation facility in Lincolnshire
    • Advising a car finance company in connection with its restructuring
    • Advising a client on the acquisition of a network of well-known UK repair and service centres
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