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Laurence advises clients in regulated sectors, particularly FCA-authorised firms, charities, education sector bodies, sports industry companies and PLCs, on a range of commercial and corporate matters. These include sales and sourcing agreements, joint ventures and collaborative working, public procurement and state aid, funding agreements and constitutional arrangements, all of which are affected by constant regulatory updates.
He also advises on corporate finance matters such as capital raisings and public takeovers.
“Has a good knowledge of complex issues paired with advice that is always well researched.” – Legal 500 2019
“This is an encouraging result for the sector and it is particularly pleasing to see that despite the current political situation, almost half expect to see stronger growth in a year’s time. We are entering another crucial week in Brexit discussions today and hopefully there will be some certainty for the sector so that businesses can take some longer term decisions over investment and expansion.”
“These latest figures highlight the unpredictable nature of the manufacturing sector in the UK. Although the fall in the output index points to some tough market conditions, it is encouraging to see that many companies have indicated that domestic demand had strengthened whilst export levels have continued to rise.
"On the ground we are seeing investment at the higher tech end of the sector and the recent commitment by Toyota to build the new Auris model in the UK shows that manufacturing remains an engine for growth.”
“December was another solid month for the sector and it was particularly pleasing to see employment levels increase. Manufacturers need to build on this into 2018 and despite the on-going political uncertainty, many will be looking for a strong start supported by continued export growth.”
“These latest results reflect a reasonably positive picture for the manufacturing sector and provide some grounds for optimism for the final quarter of 2017. There are however some concerns for 2018, with inflationary pressures and ongoing uncertainties about the direction of Brexit negotiations.
“The Government now has the opportunity to ensure the momentum in the sector isn’t lost. Greater clarity with regards to the UK’s industrial strategy is important and we also look forward to the Budget later this month where the Chancellor has the opportunity to encourage greater investment.”
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