The automotive sector is a globally competitive industry with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Although car ownership has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, more recent trends including an increase in electric vehicle ownership and younger drivers using alternative forms of transport, are keeping the sector on its toes.

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Specialist guidance from expert lawyers

With wide ranging experience in all aspects of the automotive industry, our team aren’t just experts in the legal aspects, we’re truly passionate about the sector.

From supply chain and manufacturing to strategy and branding, we support automotive clients, whatever their challenge.

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Our experience

We understand the constraints automotive businesses can face and the need to be adaptive and reactive in a sector which operates 24/7.

Problems with key components such a lack of chips can be catastrophic for businesses as can tooling and manufacturing issues. Our team regularly advises clients on supply chain and manufacturing issues, making sure your contracts are watertight and advising on next steps if an issue arises.

Our advice is strategic, taking on board your objectives and supporting you to achieve them. From entries to new markets to IP, branding and licensing, we’re here to help drive your business forward.

Our clients

Due to our comprehensive understanding of the industry, our team support clients across the entire automotive industry. We work with tier 1 and 2 suppliers including critical supply chain businesses as well as both vehicle and component Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Due to market sensitivities, many of our clients are confidential but they include organisations such as global classic car manufacturer, Morgan Motors. We advise a range of clients including global luxury car manufacturers and vehicle remanufacturers, a high-performance automotive transmission technology specialist, an organiser of an elite racing series and an international composite and carbon fibre manufacturer.

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Intensive support and sector expertise gives client the edge in negotiations with luxury car manufacturer

Our client was a leading global composite and carbon fibre manufacturer, looking for advice regarding a large volume of high-value, business critical tooling and associated equipment.

We provided tactical advice around their contractual obligations and options, including negotiating with a global luxury car manufacturer.

As the client needed to deal with numerous commercial matters, we were able to buy them time during a sensitive period for them as a business. Our in-depth sector knowledge also allowed us to provide the client with strategic advice on wider employee and company structure matters.

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Hear what our clients say about us

HCR are always prepared to go the extra mile to deliver a project on time and to budget. The most unique feature about HCR has to be the people. everyone in the organisation is highly motivated, experienced and has a robust understanding of our needs as a business. HCR has such a breadth of expertise to support in any situation. They are able to bring together the right team to support our needs. We have never found HCR to be wanting in any transaction.

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Daniel quickly grasped the project brief, which centred around formation of a large, multi-year manufacturing contract. Dan communicated regularly and professionally to ensure the project was delivered on time, in budget.

Professionalism and communication fulfilled project deadline

Thank you for your highly flexible approach – fitting with our timeline can’t have been easy, especially considering you delivered such high-quality advice

Chris Paton MD of Quirk Solutions, and a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines

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