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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...
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05 May 2021
SNP pledge to sim­pli­fy the con­sent­ing pro­cess for sal­mon farms
The Pledge The SNP Mani­festo has out­lined pro­pos­als for how they aim to bring “great­er clar­ity, trans­par­ency and speed to the pro­cess” should they form the next Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment. So far the pro­posed...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...
01 April 2021
Ripe for re­form: pro­posed RTFO de­vel­op­ments to fa­cil­it­ate hy­dro­gen up­take
The Re­new­able Trans­port Fuels Ob­lig­a­tion (“RTFO”) was es­tab­lished in 2008 with the aim of re­du­cing green­house gas (“GHG”) emis­sions of the trans­port sec­tor, which cur­rently ac­counts for the greatest...
29 March 2021
EDPS & EDPB re­lease joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act
On 10 March 2021, the EDPB and the EDPS re­leased their joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act (DGA), the European Com­mis­sion’s Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion on European data gov­ernance. The DGA is an...
17 March 2021
End of the “loser pays” rule in Scot­tish per­son­al in­jury claims
Com­mer­cial or­gan­isa­tions and their in­surers should be aware that the “loser pays” rule, which gen­er­ally de­term­ines how awards of ex­penses (costs) are dealt with in Scot­tish lit­ig­a­tion, is soon to...
17 March 2021
Lim­it­ing li­ab­il­ity in sup­ply con­tracts: fur­ther guid­ance on the UCTA re­quire­ment...
A re­cently pub­lished North­ern Ir­ish de­cision has re­jec­ted an at­tempt to rely on a stand­ard form lim­it­a­tion clause which sought to lim­it a sup­pli­er’s li­ab­il­ity for de­fects to the price of goods sup­plied...
01 March 2021
The Glob­al Sul­phur Ban – One Year On
Since 1 March 2020 all mar­ine ves­sels have been sub­ject to a ban from car­ry­ing on board high sul­phur mar­ine fuel oil (“HSFO”) with sul­phur con­tent great­er than 0.50% un­less they have a ‘scrub­ber’...
23 February 2021
Hard to swal­low: breaches of con­tract do not al­ways lead to re­cov­er­able...
In a case arising out of an anti-com­pet­i­tion clause in a man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment for a med­ic­al com­pound, the High Court has held that no loss was suffered des­pite mean­ing­ful pre­par­at­ory...
23 February 2021
EV con­sumers in the driv­ing seat: OZEV launches con­sulta­tion on the con­sumer...
On 13 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the UK Of­fice for Zero Emis­sion Vehicles (“OZEV”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on the con­sumer ex­per­i­ence at pub­lic chargepoints (“CPs”) (the “Con­sulta­tion”). This fol­lows...
05 February 2021
Brexit – are you pre­pared? Changes to the pro­tec­tion of un­re­gistered designs...
Fol­low­ing the end of the Brexit trans­ition peri­od on 31 Decem­ber 2020 (Exit Day), UK busi­nesses who pre­vi­ously re­lied on Com­munity Un­re­gistered Design Right (CUDR) may no longer be­ne­fit from this valu­able...
22 January 2021
EDPB is­sues draft guidelines for data breach no­ti­fic­a­tions
Fur­ther to the GDPR re­quire­ment for re­port­ing per­son­al data breaches to the com­pet­ent data pro­tec­tion au­thor­ity and, in cer­tain cases, to af­fected in­di­vidu­als, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB)...