Birketts' Motor Industry Group comprises a team of specialists experienced in all aspects of the law relating to the motor industry sector.

Our clients include vehicle retailers, manufacturers, providers of finance and many of the ancillary businesses that are related, directly or indirectly, to this very large and important part of the UK's economy.

Our expertise includes the following:

  • acquisitions and disposals
  • property and planning
  • competition law
  • trade marks
  • employment and immigration
  • finance - bank and asset finance
  • dealer franchise agreements
  • joint ventures, shareholder agreements and internal structures
  • consumer credit and leasing
  • health and safety.

Competition law in particular impacts on many aspects of the motor industry. Manufacturers must consider the impact of competition law in everything they do and retailers are affected through the structuring of their franchise agreement and their dealings with their customers. Recent changes to the block exemption rules will result in substantial changes to the dynamics of the relationship between manufacturers and dealers.