Working in the automotive retail sector over many years and responding to the challenges our clients face has become second nature.

As a result, we have developed an unrivalled knowledge of the industry from a legal perspective. This means that we are able to advise clients quickly and effectively, knowing both the nature of the issue and the likely circumstances which surround it.

We value our long term relationships with our clients and constantly strive to stay abreast of our client’s business and the wider business world, innovating in the delivery of service and remaining cost effective in the client’s eyes.

We have, as a firm, implemented many innovative schemes for clients large and small which have resulted in faster, more focused and cost effective legal service delivery. We share that learning across the firm and have applied it to our dealings with our clients.


Our multi-disciplinary automotive team advises on a wide range of matters from corporate transactions including business and asset transfers, flotation and rights issues to liaising with banks and venture capitalists to raise appropriately tailored finance, and help businesses to restructure and grow.

We regularly deal with funding, refinancing and restructuring, tax and regulatory issues, joint ventures between retailers and manufacturers, usability, signage and corporate identity.

Our lawyers specialise in drafting and negotiating bespoke contracts, warranties, sale or return agreements and terms and conditions for new and used vehicle sales and services. In recent years, as reliance on technology has grown, we have seen a greater demand for advice on intellectual property and information technology issues, including providing support and advice on IT contracts and terms and conditions for trading online.

We work for hundreds of dealerships throughout the UK, identifying risk early, providing training to staff, and dealing effectively with customer after sales disputes. We are highly experienced at managing a high volume case-load, from pre-action protocol stage through to Trial or earlier settlement.  This includes handling disputes relating to sales of new and used cars, aftersales, title, finance and hire.

From an employment law perspective we provide daily support to our client’s HR teams, from drafting employment and service agreements, compromises, dealing with TUPE transfers through to representation at Tribunal, either by defending claims or negotiating settlements up to and including the Court of Appeal.  

Our real estate specialists can add value by advising you on acquisition and construction of new sites, planning conditions, the refurbishment of existing sites and contaminated land, alternate use of redundant properties and the disposal of dealerships.

We can help you with advice on the following:

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Jonathan Butler


Partner, Derby

+44 (0)1332 378 321


Nino Simone


Partner, Derby

+44 (0)1332 378 320