Thrings’ Defence, Aerospace and Advanced Engineering sector group provides specialist legal advice to organisations involved in the defence, homeland security and aerospace supply chain.

Thrings LLP’s ‘active and punchy’ team is particularly known for its expertise in defence and aerospace disputes.  The Legal 500 UK 2012

We understand the pressure that you are under from your customers, whether they are UK or foreign government departments and agencies, prime contractors or Tiers 1 and below. We understand the challenges you face in dealing with the increasing complexity of contracting structures and need to diversify your business in this challenging market place. Above all, we understand the need to protect the value of your business and use our legal expertise to help you meet your business objectives.

We advise on:

  • Contracting with the MOD and foreign government departments
  • Supply contracts with customers from prime contractors, through the tiers
  • Collaborative agreements such as alliances, joint ventures and joint research and development agreements.
  • How to back-to-back your customer contracts with your suppliers
  • Order processes
  • Interpretation of DEFCONs in the context of defence contracts
  • Compliance with AS9100 and other industry standards as they relate to commercial contracts and business relationships
  • Commercial sales representatives/commercial agents agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Recovery of debts
  • Business regulation including compliance with the Bribery Act
  • Intellectual property protection (patents, design rights, trade marks,, etc)
  • Employment law, including industry specific issues
  • Dispute resolution including ADR mediation and early neutral evaluations

Some examples of our work:

Advising a leading vehicle manufacturer on a €1.3 billion supply and support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

Contractual advice and legal support relating to the implementation of a worldwide agency network for a specialist defence electronics business, including obtaining foreign legal advice from relevant jurisdictions

Advising a sub-alliance member to the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier project in connection with the sub-alliance agreement

Advising a client involved in the development and manufacture of biometric identification equipment in respect of collaboration and licence agreements

Ongoing legal support, employment and contractual advice to a client involved in the development of an air transport and air-to-air refuelling service

Kerrie Hunt
0117 930 9564
07816 270475
David Patterson
01793 412514
Mike Tomlin
(+44) 117 930 9590
(+44) 7879 405988
Kate Westbrook
01793 412501
07899 715048

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