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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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01/08/2022
Rus­sia sanc­tions up­date: UK bans new in­vest­ment in­to Rus­sia
New UK sanc­tions reg­u­la­tions have come in­to force im­pos­ing the most rig­or­ous re­stric­tion on do­ing busi­ness with Rus­sia since the in­va­sion of Ukraine on 24 Feb­ru­ary 2022. The twelfth amend­ment to the Rus­sia...
29/07/2022
The fu­ture of UK Sec­ond­ary Fun­drais­ings
The long-an­ti­cip­ated UK Sec­ond­ary Cap­it­al Rais­ing Re­view has landed. The Re­view was led by Fresh­fields part­ner, Mark Aus­tin, fol­low­ing con­sulta­tion with nu­mer­ous mar­ket par­ti­cipants. The Re­view fol­lows...
13/07/2022
Breaches of war­ranty: what is the loss?
If an in­no­cent buy­er pays over and above the “true value” of a busi­ness – even as­sum­ing all war­ranties giv­en by the seller are true – how should the buy­er be com­pensated when some of those war­ranties...
13/07/2022
No dip­lo­mat­ic im­munity for per­pet­rat­ors of mod­ern slavery
In a ground­break­ing judg­ment, the UK Su­preme Court has ruled, for the first time, that the al­leged ex­ploit­a­tion of a do­mest­ic work­er falls with­in the com­mer­cial activ­ity ex­cep­tion to a dip­lo­mat’s im­munity...
14/06/2022
The fu­ture man­age­ment and reg­u­la­tion of roads in Scot­land
In­tro­duc­tion  COP26 and the wider cli­mate emer­gency have brought en­vir­on­ment­al con­cerns to the fore­front of all pub­lic policy de­cisions. Trans­port is the sec­tor with the biggest con­tri­bu­tion to green­house...
14/06/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 6 – ‘En­force­ment’
As ac­know­ledged by the UKIPO in its Call for Views, the UK has one of the most ro­bust and ef­fect­ive in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty re­gimes in the world. However, the UKIPO ap­pre­ci­ates that the cost of en­for­cing...
13/06/2022
Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
07/06/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 5 – ‘Fu­ture tech­no­lo­gies and com­puter-gen­er­ated...
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that de­vel­op­ments in tech­no­logy act as cata­lysts for in­nov­a­tion in the designs sec­tor. In its Call for Views, the UKIPO iden­ti­fied in par­tic­u­lar the im­pact of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence...
31/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 4 – ‘First mak­ing avail­able’ and sim­ul­tan­eous...
Pri­or to Brexit, the abil­ity to ob­tain auto­mat­ic design pro­tec­tion across all 28 EU Mem­ber States shaped the busi­ness mod­els and product launch strategies of many Brit­ish de­sign­ers. One of the most sig­ni­fic­ant...
26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
24/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 3 – ‘Over­lap between copy­right and designs’
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that there is a lack of clar­ity on the ex­tent of over­lap between copy­right and design law, and how they should co-ex­ist. In par­tic­u­lar, the Call for Views notes the un­cer­tainty as...
17/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 2 - Sim­pli­fy­ing the designs sys­tem
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that the cur­rent design frame­work is highly com­plex, in­volving three dif­fer­ent types of un­re­gistered rights (two of which ori­gin­ate from EU law) in ad­di­tion to re­gistered designs...