As a manufacturing business why is it absolutely essential that your lawyers truly understand the manufacturing sector?

Sheffield and South Yorkshire have long and proud, internationally recognised histories as leading manufacturing centres.

Traditionally the region was inextricably linked to the production of cutlery, tools and agricultural implements, all forged from local iron and steel.  The high quality of these products quickly saw South Yorkshire grow into one of the industrial world’s main manufacturing hubs, sealing the international reputation of the legend ‘Made in Sheffield’.

Although the names and the specific sectors they serve may have changed, today Sheffield and South Yorkshire are as central to manufacturing as they always have been, particularly with their focus on the development of advanced manufacturing, and as home to world-class companies in sectors as diverse as materials technology, the creative and digital industries, food production and biomedical and healthcare technology.

As one of South Yorkshire’s leading independent law firms we have worked alongside South Yorkshire manufacturers of every size and of every type for decades.

The understanding we have built up means we know exactly how to design and deliver practical, affordable legal solutions that will help you not only continue to operate efficiently but also continue to grow and develop your manufacturing business in the way you want to.

Whether you need advice on the operation or structure of your business, your staff, your property or help to successfully resolve a dispute or settle a debt, we’re here to help.

As a manufacturer, how can we help you?

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Property
  • Employment
  • Dispute Resolution

How have we helped our other manufacturing clients?

Although we have an extensive history of acting for manufacturers of all shapes and sizes and across a wide range of industries that would be impossible to list, our most recent work includes:

  • Representing a UK manufacturer involved in a number of contractual disputes with a joint venture partner in the US.  Although the partner began the legal proceedings in the US, the contract in question was subject to English law and this effectively stalled the joint venture partner’s claim and caused it to be referred to arbitration
  • Advising on the introduction of two benefit schemes for the employees of a manufacturer, with one being an employee share scheme for a number of key managers and the other being an “all employee” benefit trust
  • Acting for a Sheffield based manufacturing company in the oil and gas sector to acquire two new businesses needed to expand its engineered products division
  • Completing the due diligence required to support the sale of a number of different manufacturing businesses
  • Helping a manufacturing business retain the assignment of a leasehold interest whilst selling a property
  • We acted for the seller on the sale of a property used specifically for manufacturing and warehousing
  • We regularly act for landlords looking to grant leases to their tenants in cases where either both parties or only one of the parties is involved in the manufacturing sector and have advised several manufacturing businesses taking on leases for properties to house their manufacturing operation
  • We also provide general property management advice to our manufacturing clients on a daily basis
  • Most recently our employment team has helped clients within the manufacturing sector successfully reach contract terms for employees working abroad on a permanent and temporary basis, deal with annualising hours and banking hours and implement a range of pay and hours reductions and redundancies
  • With regards to more senior employees our employment specialists have just helped a number of manufacturers put restrictive covenants and severance and settlement agreements in place
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