manufacturing lawyers


A sector as challenging and competitive as manufacturing necessitates a high-calibre, cross-departmental team to match. With our Manufacturing team, you get that in spades.

Highly-experienced, hugely informed, energetic and meticulous: the team successfully advises a gamut of industry categories and sectors, from international industrial behemoths to small, motivated start-ups: our track record speaks for itself.

Michelmores is a main sponsor of the Made in the South West Awards. Michelmores also sponsors the MADE manufacturers group in conjunction with Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Exeter Science Park. Michelmores is also a sponsor of the Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST).

A very effective team: attentive, professional, and always on the ball.


Recent experience

  • Advising the Graphic Group on the acquisition of Calflex USA, Graphic’s multi-million joint venture in China and the acquisition of Printra in Denmark.
  • Advising Tods Aerospace & Defence Limited on the sale of the business and assets to US-based private equity group AGC Aerospace & Defence.
  • Advising the management team on the management buyout (MBO) of Aero Stanrew Limited.  Aero Stanrew is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of specialist electronic components for the global aerospace industry and will now look to exploit emerging overseas markets to increase sales and profits. A four-strong management team acquired a majority stake in the company following the £8.5m MBO, which was backed by WestBridge Fund Managers (WestBridge Capital) and HSBC Bank PLC.
  • Advising a construction/engineering apparatus manufacturer on a dispute with an infringer who had registered a domain name that included our client’s trade mark. Following our intervention, the infringer has now agreed to transfer the domain name to our client.
  • Advising a furniture manufacturer who designs their own furniture and manufactures in India, who recently found copies of their products on eBay. We are taking legal action against the owner of the eBay page.
  • Drafting terms and conditions of supply for a leading vacuum manufacturer.
  • Defending an industrial processing company in a prosecution by the Environment Agency for three offences of pollution of a watercourse. We advised during interview under caution and subsequently advised the client to plead guilty. We then investigated the background for court documents, negotiated on sentencing and conducted advocacy at the Magistrates Court. We were able to explain the full facts and mitigating circumstances to the Magistrate and secured a very low level fine for the company.
  • Successfully guiding a large, multi-national manufacturer through the employment aspects of the closure of one of its UK factories, and a major restructuring at another site.
  • Providing strategic advice to a manufacturer on the establishment of an appropriate employee-representative forum, to work alongside a recognised union.
  • Guiding a household-name baby clothing manufacturer through the process of terminating its Australian distributor without litigation. As a direct result, they were able to appoint a replacement distributor, which has significantly boosted sales and saved costs.