Our aerospace and defence lawyers provide critical legal support to leading companies at all levels in the supply-chain. We have a detailed understanding of the issues facing businesses in the sector. Our knowledge and experience enables us to work in partnership with our clients, to deliver focused and cost-effective advice and support.

The issues we advise on include:

Supply chain management:

  • Manufacturing and supply agreements
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Data ownership and management
  • Technology-rich agreements
  • Intellectual Property (IP) ownership and protection
  • Venturing/funding

Large defence projects:

  • Acting for prime contractors, consortium members and SPVs on PFI/PPP projects with MoD as the customer
  • Assisting prime contractors and sub-contractors/consortium members to manage supplier side relationships
  • Variations to PFI/PPP contracts – strategic and drafting advice”

Regulatory and ethical compliance:

  • Export control
  • Sanctions
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Competition law and state aid
  • Health and safety

Regulated and Single Source Procurement:

  • Navigating public procurement processes
  • Maximising chance of successful bids
  • Challenging procurement decisions
  • Single source defence procurement and dealing with the Single Source Regulator’s Office (SSRO)

The civil aerospace sector is in growth mode worldwide. However, competition for prime contracts for supply to airlines and airport infrastructure and for places in the supply chain is harsh, and robust approaches to procurement and focused contracts are vital in order to maintain margin. As the world’s airports transform into mini ‘smart cities’, bursting with smart technology to make our journeys more efficient and more enjoyable, our broad industry experience combined with our tech pedigree makes us the ideal choice for clients involved in airports – from airport operators, to building contractors, to suppliers of technology and services for airports, to retailers.

Fluctuations in defence and public spending budgets have had a marked impact on the Defence sector. This has led to companies seeking business overseas, growing by acquisition, harder lines being taken on procurement processes, keener negotiation of contracts and a willingness by companies to ‘stand their ground’ and enforce contractual and IP rights.

Technology is integral to aerospace and defence. Cyber defence and cyber warfare, by their nature, are IP and technology rich.  Data, telematics and M2M technology are also increasingly being used to drive efficiencies in production and in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market. Our industry-leading expertise in technology law means that we are well placed to handle data, IP and technology-heavy projects.  We are used to advising clients who are creating and dealing with cutting-edge and disruptive technology.

Experience


Babcock Defence and Security

Provided Babcock Defence and Security with ongoing regulated procurement law support in relation to its Defence Support Group contract for the UK Ministry of Defence.

AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters)

Assisted AugustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) with complex issues arising from a specialised logistics contract.

Aerospace company

Advised on a complicated export control matter and the client's strategy for dealing with the issue.

QinetiQ

Advised on a confidential outsourcing project tendered by a UK public authority as well as on corporate, commercial and projects issues.

Digital Barriers

Advised on its admission to AIM, its subsequent acquisitions and three follow-on equity raises.

AGC Aerospace

Pursued a High Court claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and negotiating settlement.

Compass Group

Acted on the MoD's Army Foundation College PFI involving the provision of teaching and training facilities for the further vocational education and military training of school leavers.

Amec consortium

Acted on the MoD's £690m Corsham accommodation PPP.

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