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CMS’ dedicated Manufacturing Group brings together industry experts from across CMS, in the UK and internationally, who have extensive experience working with Manufacturing clients across a range of sectors including FMCG, Food & Drink, Textiles, Household Goods, Health & Beauty, and Automotive & Auto Parts.

Our experts can advise on a range of issues from financing and acquisition of companies, to regulatory, disputes, product liability, distribution, supply chain, warehousing, employment, competition, intellectual property and environmental issues

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Man­u­fac­tur­ing in the UK
Mer­cedes-Benz on five sep­ar­ate civil and crim­in­al UK com­pet­i­tion law in­vest­ig­a­tions in­to the com­mer­cial vehicle mar­ket, lead­ing to set­tle­ment and suc­cess­ful res­ol­u­tion.Heinek­en on vari­ous trans­ac­tions in­clud­ing its joint ven­ture with Nam­i­bia Brew­er­ie
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July 2020
Tak­ing Stock: The Out­look for Con­sumer & Re­tail
This year’s Tak­ing Stock: Out­look for Con­sumer & Re­tail re­port looks at how the in­dustry and con­sumers have coped so far with the COV­ID-19 crisis and what lies ahead. Find our more
07 September 2020
3D print­ing and IP: Les­sons from the EPO’s ‘Shap­ing To­mor­row’ con­fer­ence
IP Land­scape Growth Ad­dit­ive Man­u­fac­tur­ing (AM), also known as 3D print­ing, is one of the fast­est grow­ing areas at the EPO. From 2015-2018, its av­er­age an­nu­al growth rate was 36%, 10 times faster than...
25 February 2019
Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – here we go again
Re­tail Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – AI in Con­sumer and Re­tail Re­port. From vir­tu­al as­sist­ants, to driver­less vehicles and fric­tion­less shops. Find out more.
15 July 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 1:...
Last month we re­por­ted on the new class ac­tion mech­an­ism that is be­ing in­tro­duced in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see here).  The new mech­an­ism is in­ten­ded to bet­ter fa­cil­it­ate group claims.  It is be­ing...
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, today, we are launch­ing a series of eas­ily di­gest­ible check­lists cov­er­ing a broad range of in­dustry areas to guide you through what a Brexit could really mean for your busines
07 July 2020
And the beat goes on … CMA con­tin­ues crack­down on RPM in the mu­sic sec­tor
The CMA’s en­force­ment against re­sale price main­ten­ance (RPM) in the mu­sic­al in­stru­ment sec­tor con­tin­ues as the CMA is­sued fines of over £4 mil­lion and £1.5 mil­lion to the mu­sic­al in­stru­ment sup­pli­ers,...
Tak­ing Stock: cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the con­sumer products and...
19 May 2020
Changes to CCFF, the UK Gov­ern­ment’s large busi­ness sup­port scheme
Changes have been an­nounced today to the Cov­id Cor­por­ate Fin­an­cing Fa­cil­ity (CCFF), the UK Gov­ern­ment’s li­quid­ity sup­port scheme for lar­ger busi­nesses in­volving the pur­chase of com­mer­cial pa­per, a type...
04 May 2020
Trans­port Com­mit­tee launches e-scoot­er in­quiry
The Trans­port Com­mit­tee (the "Com­mit­tee") has launched an in­quiry in­to the safety and leg­al im­plic­a­tions of e-scoot­ers, their im­pact on con­ges­tion, and po­ten­tial con­tri­bu­tion to re­du­cing the UK's green­house...
24 April 2020
UK Par­lia­ment­ary in­quiry ex­am­ines the role of the FCO in UK for­eign in­vest­ment...
The UK Par­lia­ment­ary For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee has opened an in­quiry in­to the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO)’s role in block­ing for­eign as­set strip­ping of UK com­pan­ies. The in­quiry comes as there...
17 April 2020
Up­date on post-Brexit im­mig­ra­tion sys­tem
In the midst of the COV­ID-19 re­stric­tions, Brexit can seem like a dis­tant memory.  With the cur­rent situ­ation re­quir­ing drastic ac­tion, with a pro­found im­pact on every­day life, the fo­cus of gov­ern­ment...
07 April 2020
COV­ID-19 - Coronavir­us Job Re­ten­tion Scheme - up­dated Gov­ern­ment guid­ance
In this Law-Now we dis­cuss the up­dated Gov­ern­ment guid­ance on the Coronavir­us Job Re­ten­tion Scheme. Al­though this con­tains use­ful cla­ri­fic­a­tions, sev­er­al un­cer­tain­ties re­main, par­tic­u­larly around the...