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          Manufacturing and engineering are critical to our economic success but generating investment and growth within the UK market raises legal and commercial challenges at every stage.


          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:

          • managing the design and manufacturing cycle;
          • leading on mergers and acquisitions;
          • providing defence for health and safety issues;
          • advising on regulatory and compliance issues, advertising and trading standards, importing or exporting raw materials and components;
          • advising on cost savings through customs audits and import duty suspensions/refunds;
          • tackling market access issues through a multidisciplinary angle;
          • exploiting intellectual property assets, resolving disputes, tackling fraud;
          • navigating EU, competition law and state aid;
          • managing your workforce;
          • and providing real estate advice and advising on funding for expansion.


          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.


          Legal Insight

          Legal Practice the DWF Way

          21 January 2020

          LexisNexis Middle East’s Head of Publishing, Hussain Hadi, took time out at the Qatar Business Law Forum to chat with Kirk Durrant, Managing Partner at DWF’s Qatar office. They discussed DWF’s recent establishment and growth in Qatar, how the practice of law is changing and the role of AI.

          Partner-led expertise with an innovative approach

          Our Industrials team's understanding of commercial needs, objectives and working environments is recognised internationally.

          Ali Boroumand

          • Partner // Head of Mining & Minerals

          Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton

          • Partner // Head of Oil & Gas

          Jean Francois Mercadier

          • Partner // Managing Partner (France)

          Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

          • Partner // Executive Partner (Munich) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes

          Klaus Brisch, LL.M. (USA)

          • Partner // Certified Information Technology Attorney // Global Head of Technology

          Marco Müller-ter Jung, LL.M. (Informationsrecht)

          • Partner // Certified Information Technology Attorney

          Michael Falter

          • Partner // Managing Partner (Germany)

          Andreas Panzer

          • Partner // Head of Tax (Germany)

          Dr. Mathias Reif

          • Partner // Executive Partner (Cologne) // Head of Corporate & M&A (Germany) // Global Head of DWF Israel Desk

          Dr. Benjamin Kroymann

          • Partner // Head of China Desk (Germany)

          Claudia Rehse

          • Senior Associate

          Florian Daniel LLM (Media Law)

          • Senior Associate // Certified Attorney for Intellectual Property Rights

          Thorsten Kuehnel

          • Senior Associate

          Marcus Kissel

          • Partner // Certified Attorney for Employment Law // Head of Employment (Germany)
          Connected Services offers a range of stand-alone consultative services that complement our legal offering in each of our core sectors.
          DWF Forensic

          DWF Forensic

          DWF Forensic is a team of experienced, qualified forensic accountants and investigators, with ‘Big Four’ accounting expertise.