Spanning the advanced manufacturing, engineering, aerospace, chemicals, ceramics and rapidly developing additive manufacturing sectors, our multidisciplinary team of legal experts work with everyone from start-ups and multi-nationals with complex import and export supply chains through to developers, funders and investors.
We draw on the wider knowledge and resources of our global business to advise on best practise in all commercial areas, regulatory compliance, international trade / market access issues, industry 4.0 and technology applications, including Blockchain, as well as from within the core Advanced Manufacturing team.
Recognised by key legal directories as leaders in the industry, we are renowned for our technical skills, innovative legal services and focus on results. We have a proven track record for providing decisive and clear solutions.
We work with you to reduce risk and production costs, improving market access and helping you to make smarter decisions, both proactively in terms of planning and reactively in the context of investigations. We have particular expertise in:
We also support our clients in the industrials sector with our Connected Services, DWF's range of independent businesses that work alongside organisations to help them better manage risk, reputation, cost, time and resources.
Our understanding of commercial needs, objectives and working environments is recognised internationally. Operating both within the UK and cross jurisdictionally our clients include Aga Rangemaster plc, Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover, BASF, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Baosteel Group, Osram, Essar Steel, Cerame-Unie and Doosan Power Systems.
It has been announced that the "Expanded Retail Discount" initiative shall be awarded on a 'no aid' basis, following discussions with the European Commission, which is good news for larger retailers who had been concerned that the new business rates relief measure announced to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown may have been subject to a €800,000 cap.
The Government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund ("SBGF") and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund ("RHLGF") which shall make grant awards to eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs have been designed to assist Local Authorities administering the SBGF and RHLGF programmes as well as eligible businesses receiving such funds.
The CMA published a guidance outlining its approach to businesses cooperating during the COVID-19 crisis and explaining what arrangements could be legal under competition law during the crisis.
The Government has announced a new self-employed income support scheme to support self-employed individuals whose trading profits are impacted by the current crisis.
Spanish legal remedies in case of force majeure or similar in Spain.
Two newly approved UK State aid schemes comprising the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will allow the UK Government to provide loan guarantees for and direct grants to support SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been approved by the European Commission following its newly adopted Temporary Framework for emergency State aid to business affected by the pandemic.
The Irish government has introduced a new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment ("the Payment") for employees and self employed individuals who have lost their employment or work due to a downturn in economic activity caused by COVID-19.
Our Industrials team's understanding of commercial needs, objectives and working environments is recognised internationally.