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The United Kingdom is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the home of manufacturing on a commercial scale. Although there are fewer manufacturing businesses in the country nowadays, the UK is still the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world and over 8% of our workforce is still employed in the sector.

Manufacturing remains big business and will continue to be so, but competition is fierce and manufacturers need to ensure that they are equipped to maximise competitive advantage. One important weapon in the armoury is to ensure that your contracting arrangements and supporting documentation are robust and fit for purpose. In any arrangement for the manufacture of goods there are a lot of important issues for the manufacturer, including the following:-

  • Developing a clear and comprehensive specification
  • Ownership of intellectual property rights on products and improvements to them, and of manufacturing know-how
  • Setting down a clear forecast and ordering process
  • Agreeing delivery terms and lead times
  • Knowing exactly how much you will be paid for the goods, and how and when
  • Passing of risk and title in manufactured goods
  • Product liability and the fair and balanced allocation of risk

Our specialist team of Commercial lawyers are well used to dealing with issues such as these for clients in a wide range of sectors and products from teabags to ticket barriers, and that the commercial and legal knowledge to ensure that your manufacturing agreements give you the protection and certainty that you need. You can rely on our expertise.

For further information please contact:

Ian Thomson
Direct Dial 0116 242 1209
Mobile 0770 287 1806
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Kate Blank
Direct Dial 0116 242 1248
Mobile 07515 050 361
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