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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

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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09/04/2024
The sum of parts: Registered design for segments of towers found valid...
BackgroundTA Towers ApS (“TA Towers”), a company based in Denmark, is the holder of the below registered Community design relating to goods for building materials, specifically, ‘building materials...
09/04/2024
Plastics and packaging laws in the United Kingdom
The laws outlined in this section are principally similar across the UK. However, as the UK comprises four nations with devolved administrations, for convenience we have primarily set out the position...
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26/03/2024
EU Court ruling upholds invalidity action against PUMA shoe design
The EU General Court ruled on the invalidation of a community design by the EUIPO and an appeal against that decision (judgement of the General Court in Case T-647/22, Puma v EUIPO - Han­dels­maatschap­pij...
14/03/2024
“Pre-branded” spare parts: CJEU has its say in Audi trade mark case
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its ruling following a referral from the Regional Court of Warsaw, in a trade mark infringement claim brought by Audi (Audi AG v GQ, Case C-334/22)...
19/01/2024
CBAM: Just over a week to comply
As the deadline for the first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) report approaches on January 31st, it is crucial for undertakings engaged in importing relevant goods into the European Union to...
17/01/2024
Reform of UK Furniture Fire Safety Regulations
The UK Government is currently reviewing responses to the recent consultation on the proposed regulatory framework for domestic furniture and furnishings, which is quite the change from the current fire...
17/11/2023
Proposed legislation would radically expand the UK’s class action regime
15 November 2023 saw publication of two proposed amendments to the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill that would have significant impacts on the UK’s class action regime:First, a proposed...
15/11/2023
Clear Exclusion of Liability Leads to Reverse Summary Judgment
A recent High Court judgment provides clear guidance on contractual liability, particularly on exclusions of liability and the application of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (“UCTA”).The dispute...
19/10/2023
Building Safety Act implementation – Wales will be different to England
In England, a new higher-risk buildings approval regime came into force on 1 October, but in Wales the equivalent regime has not yet been issued and is expected to contain some key differences.The regime...
30/08/2023
CBAM Implementing Regulation and Extensive Additional Reporting Guidance...
Earlier this month, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted an Implementing Regulation (“IR”) and released extensive Guidance Documents (“Guidance”) on the practicalities of reporting requirements...
28/07/2023
The Supreme Court deals blow to litigation funding and collective proceedings...
On 26 July 2023, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R (on the application of PACCAR Inc and others) (“Ap­pel­lants”) v Competition Appeal Tribunal and others (“Re­spond­ents”) [2023] UKSC...
28/07/2023
Beauty box subscriptions: the makeover mandated by the new DMCC Bill
Everyone loves a well-thought-out surprise. And many consumers feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of products available in the cosmetics industry. In steps the beauty box: a personalised, monthly assortment...