What our manufacturing lawyers do
Our manufacturing and engineering lawyers have the experience, industry knowledge, and commercial acumen required to provide smart, pragmatic legal advice and representation.
Whether you are a start-up or a multi-national corporate, our team can provide you with a complete service in all aspects of commercial, regulatory, commercial property, and dispute resolution for any manufacturing and engineering organisation or projects.
Our team understands that those operating in the manufacturing and engineering sectors are faced with innumerable challenges including squeezed margins, attracting and retaining talent, investment and finance, regulatory compliance, and of course Brexit. We are unique in our ability to deliver cost-effective, quality service to our clients because:
- We specialise in all sectors of commercial law, and our specialist teams will collaborate to ensure you receive expert advice on all your legal matters.
- Our business model allows clients to pay a small monthly amount to us via direct debit, which, in turn, helps them manage cash flow – a critical advantage for most manufacturing and engineering businesses.
When it comes to regulatory compliance, our lawyers are up-to-date with domestic and international laws and conventions that apply to the manufacturing and engineering sector and will proactively advise you on any changes required to ensure your organisation fully complies with its duties and responsibilities. And if a breach occurs, we will be quickly on-hand to recover evidence and investigate the matter and ensure you have a vigorous defence available.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards, CEO
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson, CEO
The team provide great support throughout the funding process, providing straightforward and clear guidance on the issues to be addressed at each stage. The team was always at hand to make sure that that we understood what needed to be done to reach a successful outcome.
Chris Evans, CEO
Twipes really felt as though we were being treated personally, rather than just customers: that is the great Harper James Experience.
Alborz Bozorgi, Co-Founder
Our solicitor Sarah helped us complete a complicated contract with a large multinational ensuring our interests were protected, but got the contract signed in very tight timescales. Sarah was very easy to work with and quickly understood what was important to us and how to effectively present this to our customer.
Mark Webber, MD
Mike Key is the only solicitor we use for disputes… Quite simply number one!
Simon Nelson, Director
Nelson Plant Hire
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Jill Shaw, CEO
Harper James have been fantastic. They always provide quality advice with quick turnarounds and, every time, we're pleasantly surprised when the invoice comes in!
Mark Nicholson, CEO
Factual, quick responses every time I emailed.
Louise Stevens, Competence Development Manager
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr, CEO
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
Karis Walker , Project Managing Officer
Having an on-demand relationship with Harper James gives us constant access to leading legal experts across the areas of law we need to keep growing our business. I’m convinced no one delivers better service or beatable value.
Paul Hutton, CEO
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
Reliable but straightforward legal advice and support. Delivered at a very cost effective price point.
Matthew Dreaper, Director
The lawyers and their support team at Harper James are so accessible, down to earth and easy to deal with. They provide practical advice in a user-friendly format and we have the comfort of knowing there isn't a stopwatch ticking in the background racking up a huge bill.
Joanne Crichton, Finance Manager
10/10 Reactive and willing to listen. Ready to adapt to our needs.
Andrea Pisoni, CEO
Harper James has been the ideal law firm for Paragraf because of the flexibility that’s built into the on-demand subscription package. With HJ, I have all the legal expertise and answers I need at the end of an email. We have ambitious plans to fulfil, pushing our product lines overseas and bringing graphene electronics to the masses. There’s no better partner to help us get there than Harper James.
Cathy Cranton, Financial Director
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.
Will Richardson , CEO
I was searching for affordable legal support, and the subscription service allowed me to access legal support when I didn’t think it would be possible. This way I didn’t have to rely on Google! And it’s really important that businesses get the right advice at the start, so they don’t fall short at a later date
Peter Morris, Founder and Director
Legal advice for manufacturing and engineering businesses
Our manufacturing and engineering solicitors can advise on a broad range of legal matters varying from simple commercial property agreements to complex international joint ventures. In particular, we can advise you on:
- Industrial products
- Advanced manufacturing
- Food and drink/agribusiness
- Automotive and transport
Examples of our work
Webinar recording: seed funding masterclass with corporate partner Jas Bhogal
29 November 2021
Knowing where to start when fundraising for your start-up can be confusing. Corporate partner at Harper James, Jas Bhogal, hosted a 30-minute mini-masterclass on seed …
Supporting world domination: How IP support helped Lockabox’s global plans
20 October 2021
Industry disruptors and makers of portable, lockable storage boxes, Lockabox, are planning for global success after advice and support from Harper James has empowered them …
Providing Wayland Additive with a flexible layer of legal support
4 October 2021
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 …
Helping Paragraf make miracles happen with next-generation graphene
12 August 2021
Recently named by Beauhurst as the UK’s top graphene company, Paragraf are materially transforming electronics. Founded in 2015, the singular Cambridge spin-out turned scale-up are …
Innovator Viscgo accesses funding for launch of life-changing dysphagia aid
6 July 2021
A medtech start-up about to launch a groundbreaking new product has praised our corporate team’s role in helping them secure funding. We worked with Viscgo …
Eco start-ups feed the green shoots of recovery
11 June 2021
World leaders have converged on Cornwall this weekend for the G7 summit and high on the agenda will be climate change and the green revolution. …
Working with Kobus Services to distribute a fairer share
12 May 2021
Using the benefits of share allotment is becoming an increasingly attractive option for start-ups looking to enter the next stage of their development as a …
Enabling Eurotank to expand its portfolio of services through acquisition
18 February 2021
Major UK transport firm Eurotank has expanded its portfolio of industrial services – in a deal supported by Harper James Solicitors. Our corporate team, which specialises …
Supporting PV3 Technologies through rapid growth to successful exit
1 February 2021
Harper James Solicitors empowers businesses to do their best deals at whatever stage of the company lifecycle they are at. Recently, we represented the founder …
AI mining disruptors IntelliSense.io strike gold in new funding round
16 September 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped industrial artificial intelligence company IntelliSense.io to secure investment which will help it expand globally. Our team – who are experts …
Supporting world-leading Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to do its best work
2 September 2020
As the aerospace commercial arm of Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Limited (popularly known as CAeS) benefits from an impressive pedigree that stretches back almost …
The sky’s the limit for Oxford Space Systems
16 July 2020
AS their name suggests, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) work at the heart of some of the most cutting-edge technology imaginable. They even use origami as …
Getting the best deal for Aeristech’s EMI scheme
28 May 2020
Harper James has helped one of our longest-serving clients to deliver a welcome boost to its workforce. Aeristech contacted our corporate solicitor Abby Watson about …
Manufacturing solicitors with sector expertise
Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 law firms or international businesses and come with a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of the manufacturing and engineering sector. Because our firm is 100% focused on business law, our team spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a commercial solicitor with manufacturing and engineering experience to deal with it quickly and cost-effectively.
Previous experience with manufacturing and engineering companies include:
- Various agreements for an international advanced fluids and electromechanical engineering client, including drafting supply agreements and reviewing and amending NDAs.
- Advising a steel and metals client, specialising in CNC milling and turning and sheet metal fabrication and engineering, on product liability claims, contracts for company chairman and preparing standard terms of supply and purchase.
- Assisting an international automotive technology client in closing transactions of their investment rounds, advising on IP infringement, referral agreement Cooperation agreement, company documents regarding allocation and issue of options, as well as assisting with employment tribunal proceedings.
- Advising an automotive interior manufacturer on amending powers of attorney, lease renewal of commercial property and dilapidations settlements, and preparing documents for change of directors.
- Advising a leading private mint on range of issues including their B2B agreements, their interactions with governments, national banks and their third party sub-contractors.
- Representing successful defendants (a company and an individual) in a claim against them for £200,000 relating to conversion of industrial machinery.
- Acting for manufacturers of steel castings and forgings in relation to claims and intimated claims about the quality and fitness for purpose of those products; defending and passing on claims.
- Acting for several large UK car dealers, advising on disputes with customers and manufacturers and providing training to dealer principals on handling customer issues and dealing with claims.
- Acting for a large motor dealer against a government department in proceedings in the High Court in England and before the European Court of Justice relating to the potential recovery of £millions of VAT for them and other dealers.
- All types of commercial property transactions throughout the industry.
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
Ian joined our dispute resolution team in 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.View profile
Senior Corporate Solicitor
Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer, with a career including time at DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity work.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Mark previously worked at Freeths LLP and Nabarro (which became CMS) prior to joining Harper James. His areas of expertise include complex contractual disputes, public procurement challenges, IT/Outsourcing & reputational managementView profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
A former partner in a leading north-west law firm, Michael is one of our business disputes partners specialising in alternative dispute resolution & litigation for complex claims.View profile
Legal Services Director
Ashley is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator who joined Harper James from DLA Piper where he spent 28 years, 22 as a partner. He is now the Legal Services Director at Harper James.View profile
Senior Commercial Property Solicitor
Christen is a senior commercial property solicitor with over 15 years’ experience across the full spectrum of commercial property transaction types.View profile
Senior Employment Law Solicitor
Sean previously worked for a leading national law firm in the employment team, ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law from TUPE to tribunals.View profile
Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Simon is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor and has worked in private litigation practice for over 25 years.View profile
Senior Employee Incentives Solicitor
Ian has over 25 years’ experience advising on employee incentive arrangements (including EMI, CSOP, SIP and SAYE plans and growth/hurdle share and phantom equity arrangements).View profile
Senior Employment Law Solicitor
Ella provides practical and commercially focused advice and assistance in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. She joins us having previously worked at top 50 law firm Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Senior IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
Senior Data Protection & Privacy Solicitor
Becky is a highly knowledgeable commercial lawyer, specialising in Data Protection and Privacy Law. She can add value to a business by drawing on nearly 20 years of in-house experience.View profile
Senior Construction Solicitor
Howard has over 20 years’ experience specialising in construction and engineering law. Prior to becoming a solicitor, he spent 23 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Builder, giving him extensive knowledge of the construction industry.View profile
Senior Commercial Solicitor
Karen Mason has over 30 years’ experience practising business law. She has been a senior lawyer and partner in private practice as well as in-house counsel to some of the UK’s most highly regarded broadcast, media and internet companies.View profile
Matthew is a highly experienced corporate partner at Harper James. With expertise in all aspects of corporate law and finance, Matthew’s tenacity and eye for detail helps get client deals and agreements across the line with the minimum of fuss.View profile
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience advising on commercial matters. He brings a wealth of technology expertise having previously worked in-house as senior counsel to BT before joining private practice.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.