Providing Wayland Additive with a flexible layer of legal support

4 October 2021 | Client news

Providing Wayland Additive with a flexible layer of legal support

In the space of just two years, Wayland Additive has become one of the country’s leading innovators in metal Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) technology. 

Since forming in July 2019, the Yorkshire-based firm has secured a string of six-figure investments and grown as a business, employing more than 40 members of staff from its base in Huddersfield. In November the tech firm will showcase a new product at a major European exhibition as they look to take the next step in their exciting journey as a growing business. 

We’re a law firm purpose-built to support ambitious companies like Wayland Additive, we’ve been with Wayland each step of the way since they were founded.

Our team of experts has helped them with a variety of legal advice; on funding rounds, the creation of an EMI scheme, the formation of employment and commercial contracts, intellectual property and we’ve also assisted with advice around VISAs which the business has required to secure key personnel.

Wayland Additive’s CEO Will Richardson said the ‘accessibility’ of Harper James Solicitors’ services had made this support a key element of their continued success.

‘As an on-demand client with Harper James Solicitors, I like the assurance of having a legal services provider which is there as and when the business needs it. 

‘Very often there will be a matter that arises within our business where we need to get expert advice on how to move forward. When that happens, I know that I can connect the person in my team to the right contact at Harper James Solicitors and that they will be available to help. Instant access to expertise is so important for a growing business like ours.’

Commenting on our relationship with Wayland, our Corporate Solicitor Abby Watson, said: ‘Although our initial support to Wayland Additive was in helping them secure funding, our legal services quickly extended to many other parts of their business. It is always a pleasure to deal with their team.  Wayland Additive is a great example of a modern forward-thinking business, and we are looking forward to further supporting them as they continue to grow.’

For Wayland Additive, the short-term plan for their business is to begin marketing a new machine they launched in the Spring. They unveiled Calibur3 in March, a launch that provided a breakthrough moment in the field of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. The machine utilises a process called NeuBeam which provides a step-change in performance and capability compared with existing metal AM machines while substantially reducing energy consumption and print times.

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