Supporting the world's economy, our way


With manufacturing clients ranging in size and geographical reach, we have developed a wide knowledge of the industrials market and tailor our approach to best suit our clients' needs.

The industrial and manufacturing sector is a key driver of the world's economy, accounting for more than ten per cent of GDP and 56 per cent of exports in the UK alone, more than any other sector. We help our clients to maximise efficiencies and opportunities for growth while overcoming barriers to output.

Addleshaw Goddard operates in a variety of industrial sub-sectors from automotive to construction. We advise our clients on all aspects of their legal requirements from strategic acquisitions and disposals to procurement, disputes and logistics.

Our clients are at the heart of what we do, and we act on behalf of some of the sector's biggest businesses including Associated British Foods, Britvic, PZ Cussons, Skanska and Tata as well as a leading carrier airline, a FTSE 100 multinational manufacturing business and a leading car manufacturer.

You can read more about our specialist expertise below. Alternatively, to find out more about how our industrials team can add value to your business, please do contact us.

Representative assignments

The breadth and depth of our practice combined with our industry knowledge continues to help a diverse range of clients achieve their business goals. Most recently we have:

  • Advised on the sale of Bifold Fluidpower to Rotork plc.
  • Advised a FTSE 100 multinational manufacturing business on various strategic corporate transactions.
  • Advised Tata Chemicals Europe on funding to restructure UK operations.
  • Assisted a leading car manufacturer across the full spectrum of corporate, commercial, litigation and employment work.
  • Advised Michelin Companies on general design and trademark infringement matters.
  • Co-ordinating day-to-day antitrust work and strategy in Europe for a major international brands manufacturer.
  • Advising Screwfix Direct plc on a substantial real estate requirement, from retail outlets to highly automated warehousing and logistics centres.

Our expertise

Aerospace and Defence

We advise a range of aerospace clients including airlines, confidential defence/aerospace clients, and various aerospace suppliers. Our experience in this sector includes advising on confidential corporate transactions, litigation, construction pr...

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Automotive

We advise a range of clients on a full spectrum of issues which affect the automotive industry. Our specialism in this sector includes advising on corporate transactions, litigation, distribution and logistics projects; we also have key experience...

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Chemicals

We have extensive geographic, sector and market expertise, regularly managing and transacting multijurisdictional deals for clients. Our chemicals clients vary from household names to farm and industrial essentials providers. We have an impressive...

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Construction and Engineering

Our Construction Group has more than 40 specialist lawyers and advises on construction, engineering and procurement issues on all sides of the UK and international construction industry. Through our unique blend of expertise, resource and value fo...

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Electronics

Our expertise in electronics is drawn from our extensive experience advising a diverse portfolio of clients. We act for software businesses, as well as those in electronic infrastructure and heavy-duty electronic equipment. Our team has extensive ...

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FMCG Manufacturing

Our dedicated FMCG client specialists have a wealth of experience to draw on and ensure clients of all varieties are properly supported. Our experience working with businesses from manufacturers to retailers means we have built up a solid core of ...

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Paper, Packaging and Printing

We create innovative solutions to help our clients navigate the paper, packaging and printing market. Through our extensive work with paper, packaging and printing clients, we are very aware of the pressures created by fluctuating commodity costs,...

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Key contacts

Meet the team
Michael Birchall

Michael Birchall

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
Manchester, UK

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Simon Lofthouse

Simon Lofthouse

Partner, Technology and Outsourcing
United Kingdom

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Duncan Wilson

Duncan Wilson

Partner, Corporate
United Kingdom

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