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The need for greater mobility and security is having a significant impact on the aerospace and defence industry worldwide. At the same time, ongoing digitalisation and new technologies, such as drones and other unmanned systems, are presenting new challenges. However, they are also creating no end of opportunities for companies to profit and enter new markets.

These challenges and opportunities require innovative legal solutions that answer the specific needs of each organisation. We support the public and private sectors in realising the potential, going the extra mile to manage risks and enable transactions.

At Taylor Wessing, you will work with highly specialised lawyers who have many years’ experience and in-depth expertise in civil aerospace (including satellites) as well as across the entire defence industry - domestically and abroad.

Our lawyers are leaders in handling the legal issues facing dynamic industries (including future technologies). Our international network and activity in rapidly developing markets enables us to advise you about subjects that are in the early stages of development.

Our Aerospace & Defence Industry Group combines technological know-how with international expertise, giving you tailor-made legal advice that considers all areas of the law and meets your individual needs.

For your project to be successful, you often need legal advice across many areas. Our expertise includes procurement, antitrust and competition, plant construction law (including contracts), public law (including regulatory requirements), intellectual property (including patents), IT and data protection, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, finance, labour law and dispute resolution.

Areas of expertise

  • air traffic regulations and approvals
  • claims and risk management
  • cooperation and consortia
  • cybersecurity
  • design and supply contracts
  • digitalisation/industry 4.0
  • major procurement projects
  • product safety and product liability
  • protection of know-how and trade secrets
  • service contracts
  • tender procedures
  • unmanned systems (UAS and UMS)

major procurement projects

tender procedures

design and supply contracts

claims and risk management

cooperation and consortia

service contracts

air traffic regulations and approvals

unmanned systems (UAS and UMS)


digitalisation/industry 4.0

protection of know-how and trade secrets

product safety and product liability


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and in particular drones (UAV) and corresponding applications will be as much a future topic and business opportunity as autonomous driving today.

Timo Stellpflug

Salary Partner | Hamburg
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