FSP's highly experienced Automotive group is situated in the heart of the automotive industry

Group contact

Tom Maple

Tom Maple

The members of our Automotive group have many years legal experience in advising national and international automotive clients including motor vehicle manufacturers, finance companies, fleet hire companies, multi-site dealerships, components suppliers and F1 Teams.

The group comprises expert solicitors from our Corporate, Banking and Finance, Commercial Property, Employment, Regulatory and Dispute Resolution teams all of whom have specialist experience in advising on the legal issues relevant to the automotive industry.

Our group members have built strong relationships with our automotive clients which enables us to deliver a comprehensive service and has led to many clients recommending us.

“Field Seymour Parkes are extremely approachable, they fully understood our objectives and gave clear, concise and relevant advice. In addition, they made a very dry subject interesting and we have recommended them to other motor finance companies.”

Sharon Connolly, Manager – Wholesale Support,  Honda Finance Europe Plc

The team has considerable experience advising on (further details of which can be seen by clicking on the experience link above):

Corporate, Banking and Property Transactions

  • Preparing wholesale finance and security documents
  • Advising automotive finance companies on ranking arrangements with dealers and other finance companies
  • Acting in the sale and purchase of several multi-site dealerships
  • Advising management on MBO’s and MBI’s
  • Acting for clients in the sale and acquisition of freehold or leasehold property such as factories, distribution hubs and multi-site dealerships
  • Advising dealership clients on showroom and bodyshop lease extension

Commercial Contracts

  • Drafting dealership and franchise agreements
  • Advising on the protection of intellectual property rights and confidential information;
  • Advising a client on the terms of its long-term hire framework agreements
  • Drafting outsourcing contracts

Dispute Resolution & Regulatory

  • Advising on a number of claims for breaches of various types of finance documents and obtaining a search and seizure order
  • Advising dealers and manufacturers alike on product liability claims
  • Providing regular advice relating to various regulatory issues
  • Defending a number of claims brought against dealerships in respect of a variety of matters such as vehicles not being fit for purpose/ of satisfactory quality
  • Providing bespoke advice relating to the Commercial Agents Regulations
  • Defending a claim to trial relating to a claim for an alleged misrepresentation regarding fuel consumption data

Employment Law

  • Defending employment claims for dismissal and discrimination
  • Enforcing restrictive covenants

Insolvency and RoT

  • Advising on restructuring of automotive companies
  • Advising on Retention of title claims

Click here for our up to date Automotive Update (February 2017) which focuses on significant changes to the law relating to company cars and salary sacrifice; recent regulatory developments – e.g. the introduction of 112 ecall (a system whereby the vehicle itself notifies the emergency services where a vehicle has been involved in a serious accident) as well as key issues relating to the aftersales/ parts market and the Block Exemption, and the issue of workplace stress – and lots more.    

Click here for our Automotive Update (October 2016) and Click here for our Automotive Update (July 2016). 

Click here to view a powerpoint presentation on the Consumer Rights Act 2015.