Global economic, technological and environmental changes are affecting the automotive industry at a fast pace. Our industry expert lawyers can help manage the risks, and exploit the opportunities.
Led by Managing Partner Monica Atwal, the automotive law team understands the roles of our clients’ staff, from technicians to Dealer Principals and works in partnership with clients aiming to become an integral part of their buisness. We understand the pressures businesses face and aim to provide clear and practical advice.
Our extensive industry expertise covers; Motor dealerships, Manufacturers and vehicle importers, Finance houses, Retail outlets, Repair centres, Garages and service stations throughout the UK.
Acquisition and Sales
We help many motor dealers with their acquisition and growth strategies. Our automotive law team has a growing reputation for getting to know clients so we ensure clients manage the risk of their sales and acquisitions and protect their interests.
We work from the earliest stages of deals to the close – often within very tight timescales. We understand the complexities that can arise from companies having multiple long-term shareholders and manage a variety of deal structures, undertaking legal and commercial due diligence, including commercial, property, employment and environmental issues.
Business and HR support
Our automotive legal team is supplemented by professional support from our subsidiary HR consultancy Forbury People.
Our Forbury People HR consultants can offer a wide range of industry expertise, having led national and global teams at Honda and Ford, covering corporate communications, public relations, change and project management.
Disputes with customers, dealers and manufacturers
We have thorough knowledge and experience on all aspects of motor law disputes, managing not only the claim itself but also the potentially far-reaching implications for the brand reputation of our clients.
Recent examples of disputes we have worked with include consumer claims, quality and description, product liability issues, title to vehicles, recall campaigns, trade descriptions and dealer agreements. We also advise on hire purchase and other vehicle finance disputes both for and against finance companies.
We also run a specialised HR Motor Club, where HR personnel in motor retail outlets are invited to discuss pertinent topics. These are offered on a quarterly basis and clients choose the topics they wish to discuss. Issues already dealt with include restructures and redundancies, pay reviews and discrimination.
Recent Work and Testimonials
Clarkslegal’s automotive team continues to excel as it advises long standing corporate client, Eden Motor Group, on the acquisition of its 19th dealership. Clarkslegal’s automotive team has now acted for Eden on 10 acquisitions in the last 3 years cementing the team’s reputation as leading automotive legal experts.
Clarkslegal has successfully advised Burnham based AMS Automotive Management Services on its restructuring and partial exit of the founding shareholder. The restructuring is the first important step in AMS’ strategy to achieve fast growth over the next few years.
Group Manging Director, Darren Atkin, was delighted with Clarkslegal’s support, commenting: “I would like to thank you for the patience and professionalism you demonstrated while guiding AMS. Crucially, being in such safe hands meant we could continue running the business and looking after our clients”.
AMS helps manufacturers develop and implement sales & marketing programs and supports dealers with process improvements, business development and initiatives to maximize profits.
"Clarkslegal's overall level of service is outstanding and far better than that of any other law firm I have had experience with. Monica Atwal is part of our HR team and I trust and rely on her 100%. That says it all"
Tracey Hirst - Group HR Manager, Jardine Motors Group
“I would not hesitate in recommending Clarkslegal in my own now extensive experience and fully intend to continue using them for corporate transactions and advisory work”
Graeme Potts - CEO, Eden Motor Group
If you have a matter that you would like to discuss or simply want to sense check a situation please contact the automotive team by telephone on 0118 958 5321 alternatively you can email the team using the contact form at the top right hand side of this page. We look forward to hearing from you.