We’re driven automotive lawyers. 

We’ve made it our mission to know the challenges facing companies in the sector so that we can help them navigate the legal road ahead.


One of the UK’s leading automotive law firms

If you’re looking for help from a law firm, it pays to choose one that already understands your sector.  Shoosmiths is one of the UK’s leading automotive law firms.  No other UK law firm advises as many automotive manufacturers and brands as we do or is as active as we are in advising clients across the automotive ecosystem.

Why we’re expert automotive lawyers

Many of our lawyers have spent time working in-house at automotive manufacturers.  This means Shoosmiths is able to provide advice in context, giving companies in the sector more than just a legal lowdown.

Our “under the bonnet” understanding of the automotive sector ensures that Shoosmiths’ clients benefit from pragmatic solutions to real-life issues.  We frame our advice in the context of what is normal in the automotive sector, so that our clients can make informed decisions.

What we do

We advise on all legal matters likely to be faced by companies in the automotive sector, from “business-as-usual” sales and procurement contracts, marketing and sponsorship agreements, through to major and complex projects such as advising on global sales strategies for new market entrants, advising on dealership and authorised repairer arrangements, navigating global brands’ move to online sales channels, high value logistics and port handling arrangements, disposals and acquisitions of dealerships, development and production of new models, research and development, complex data protection, management of property portfolios, strategic competition advice as well as consumer and complex litigation.

Who we work with

We focus on providing support to automotive manufacturers and captive and non-captive finance houses, but we also act for a number of industry bodies, tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers, auto-tech providers, dealership groups and internationally recognised proving grounds and vehicle test centres meaning that our credentials extend to all parts of the automotive sector.


What people say about our automotive expertise

The team at Shoosmiths is by far the best team I have ever worked with in my career. They are not only hugely knowledgeable, but also provide pragmatic advice on both non-contentious and contentious work.

Legal 500 2024

Simon Barnes is on top of his game. He has specific industry knowledge in motor vehicles.

Legal 500 2024

Desire to understand clients and their businesses.

Legal 500 2024

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