Aerospace and defence is a complex sector that requires legal advice from lawyers with experience across a range of disciplines.

Our lawyers have experience working for and advising the Ministry of Defence including former service personnel. This has given us invaluable insight into the sector which means we are able to offer expert, high quality commercial advice to businesses operating in aerospace and defence. 

We provide expert legal advice to a very broad range of organisations and people, offering specialist transactional, advisory and litigation services.

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Emily heads up the aerospace and defence team. Her experience means she is well placed to provide advice to those in the defence sector having worked as a legal advisor at the Ministry of Defence prior to joining Hugh James. Emily's expertise includes defence procurement, DEFCONS, single source contracting, EU procurement and state aid.

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Defence procurement in the UK and Europe has undergone major reform, with the laws and regulations changing dramatically. 

The introduction of the Defence and Security Directive in 2009 brought a significant amount of defence procurement in the EU into the scope of a procurement regime for the first time and, within the UK, the Defence Reform Act 2014 led to a complete revamp of single source defence contracting in the UK.

The Single Source Contract Regulations 2014 impose tight controls on the pricing of single source defence contracts and subcontracts and impose wide ranging and onerous record keeping and reporting obligations – with penalties of up to £1 million for contravention of these regulations.

Any business providing supplies or services to the defence sector - whether as a prime contractor or further along the supply chain - may be affected by these changes, even businesses outside of the EU if they are seeking to provide defence supplies and services into the UK or another EU countries.

We realise that businesses not only want lawyers who can give them expert legal advice but also a firm that truly understands the issues they face.

Our team can provide a full service to businesses in the aerospace and defence sector and our proactive approach means that we can help you solve problems before they occur

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