Our firm has served many of the most significant manufacturing regions in the US and UK for generations, helping transform the global marketplace by providing business-focused results across a full range of legal issues. 

With our strategic focus on the manufacturing sector, we understand the market, its structure and the unique set of global challenges that our clients face. 

Our team is able to advise on the full range of legal issues that must be addressed by responsible companies operating in the US, UK and Europe, as well as their affiliates and counterparts in other jurisdictions.

Our approach spans the whole process, from traditional production to robotics, from the supply chain and logistical issues associated with the purchase and import of feedstocks and components through to the sale and export of finished products as well as related retail/brand management challenges. As an extension of your team, we will work alongside you when new products are developed, produced, and introduced to the market. We will also help you to fulfill your responsibilities in areas of compliance and regulation.    

We offer a blend of cross-sector capabilities, ranging from high volume, energy-intensive industries through to high-value consumer products and brands. We share best practice and experience of business process improvements from one sub-sector to another and appreciate the importance of sustainability and environmental issues.

We have extensive experience in manufacturing innovations, brand protection and patents, so we understand the specific challenges and opportunities of industry. Our team deals with the full range of intellectual property issues and regularly counsels clients on the various forms of applicable legal protection. We have established the intellectual property rights of a multitude of designs.

With our knowledge and understanding of the legal aspects of day-to-day issues affecting our clients in the sector we are ideally placed to provide support and assistance in relation to corporate transactions, capital investments and other strategic projects.      

The support we offer is complemented by our related sector teams, including retail, transport, energy and renewables and life sciences.

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What we do

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Purchase and supply contracts (products, services, feedstocks and utilities)
  • Toll manufacturing agreements
  • Logistics contracts
  • Construction and engineering projects and disputes
  • Intellectual property protection and exploitation (patents, trademarks, litigation, transactions)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Inward investment and incentives
  • Health, safety and environmental compliance
  • Regulatory compliance (including REACH) 
  • Permitting, contamination and waste management issues
  • Research and development collaborations
  • Industry 4.0 and connected factories 
  • Export and international supply agreements 
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Employment law employment benefits and pensions advice.

Examples of work

  • Represented a multinational specialty chemical company in structuring and negotiating a $75 million contract - manufacturing agreement and licensing  -to provide additional manufacturing capacity and improved supply-chain capabilities to the client’s existing manufacturing facilities
  • Advising a leading global producer of packaging in relation to product supply and new product development agreements and other technical and commercial collaborations and contractual joint ventures
  • Successfully defended the largest hosiery manufacturer in Europe in a breach of contract action in which the plaintiff claimed damages exceeding $600 million. We successfully upheld the client’s acquisition and purchase of third largest textile manufacturer in the US
  • Advising a global chemicals manufacturer on the full range of UK EHS legal issues
  • Represented an international furniture manufacturer with manufacturing operations in Southeast Asia on product recall, Consumer Product Safety Commission and litigation risk issues
  • Achieved denial of class certification in multiple consumer class actions against leading building product manufacturer in cases filed in numerous states and consolidated in multidistrict litigation
  • Advising a multi-national plastics manufacturer on a project to review its global routes to market to rationalise and refresh its arrangements with customers, agents and distributors and roll out a suite of agreements with intermediaries across the world, co-ordinating local law input where required
  • Represented an international automotive company as National Coordinating Counsel in mass tort asbestos litigation, supervising law firms across the country, preparing and enforcing billing and cost control guidelines, and managing bet-the-company risk issues
  • Advising a leading car manufacturer on the full range of UK and European EHS issues including: environmental work: preparing a comprehensive EHS compliance register for the business’ activities in the UK; developing an EU and UK environmental and health and safety Legal Guide for the manufacturing, take-back, recycling and recovery of lithium-ion batteries associated with their electric vehicle project; provision of training on health and safety law compliance and environmental law compliance
  • Represented international aerospace component part manufacturer in trade secret litigation regarding commercial airline production
  • Advising a specialist manufacturing investor on defending a £1m warranty claim. Also advising a major subsidiary on exposure to potential associated liability related to its tender for a high-profile 15-year smart-meter supply
  • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction for a major food producer in a trademark and breach of contract case
  • Advising a multi-national client on threats of patent infringement proceedings made by a competitor
  • Acting for a listed company in relation to the £140 million refinancing of its UK banking arrangements with a club of 3 core lenders. We assisted the company and their UK debt advisors in preparing term sheets for negotiation with existing banks, which culminated in the refinancing and separating out of the facilities into a Common Terms Structure to meet the company's commercial requirements in relation to its trading and bonding bi-lateral facilities
  • Advising a manufacturer of industrial fans (for extraction, ventilation and air conditioning) in relation to English law matters in connection with the refinancing of a £100,000,000 Term Loan Facility and a smaller £12,000,000 Revolving Credit Facility to the group
  • Advising a UK tile manufacturer on the procurement of an ERP solution
  • Advising a global leader in chemicals in relation to a broad mix of commercial contracts and the negotiation of agreements for the supply of utilities to the world’s largest low density polyethylene facility
  • Advising a leading global supplier of commercial food service equipment on the implementation of its intra group pan European cash pooling arrangements following its corporate separation from a crane operating group
  • Advising a leading global producer of packaging in relation to product supply and new product development agreements and other technical and commercial collaborations and contractual joint ventures
  • Advising a multinational chemical company on a project for the construction of steam-raising boilers, including advising on associated services and utilities contracts.
  • Advising a world leading US specialty chemical manufacturer in relation to the acquisition of a UK-based manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals for use in the agrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

"The Manufacturing team offers a thoughtful yet pragmatic approach to the many differing scenarios, be it a contractual supply issue, people based or dispute orientated."

Procurement manager, manufacturer/supplier

"The Manufacturing team at Womble Bond Dickinson has an extremely good understanding of the Manufacturing sector and what is required from a legal support team to help companies who are operating in that sphere, offering sound yet pragmatic advice at all times. I would thoroughly recommend using them."

CEO, Global polymer manufacturer

"I approached Womble Bond Dickinson Manufacturing team during a dispute with an overseas contractor and due to their diligent review of the problem and the paperwork involved, we were able to avoid a very large claim."

Global manufacturing client - consumer goods