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08 March 2017

Business ‘alloys’: Continental Tyre Group and B P Collins

Continental Tyre Group Ltd in Uxbridge is responsible for the supply of car, van, truck and commercial vehicle tyres across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The UK company is part of the Continental group whose holding company, Continental AG, is based in Hanover, Germany. Established in 1871, Continental is one of the world's leading tyre manufacturers, evidenced by the fact that almost every third car in Europe is delivered with tyres from the company.

With Continental Tyre Group’s constant strive for technological excellence and innovation, it expects an equally high performance from its UK law firm. According to its Managing Director, the company’s executive team consistently receives a seamless service from several of B P Collins’ practices including corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, property and employment.

David Smith, Managing Director of Continental Tyre Group Ltd, explains:

“B P Collins has advised the company for over 30 years because of its commitment to communicating clearly with us, its lawyers' complete understanding of our business, culture and commercial requirements and their responsiveness and accessibility whenever we’ve needed advice – all of which is offered at a fair rate.

“B P Collins’ lawyers also appreciate our sense of urgency for some matters and will drop everything to advise and develop innovative solutions whenever we need them.  And the fact that we can call on a range of practices at the same time ensures we receive a seamless service.”

B P Collins’ practices have provided counsel on a range of different matters throughout its service for the company. The corporate and commercial team has advised on supply agreements with major car manufacturers to distribute tyres across Europe and on key sponsorship contracts with the Football Association – it’s hard to miss Continental Tyres’ notable presence at major football grounds during the European Football Championships and World Cup. B P Collins’ property team also acted on the original lease of its new head office and, more recently, its lease renewal.

Matthew Owen, Head of Finance and IT adds:

“I very much regard Victoria Holland as a trusted advisor on all corporate and commercial issues. It’s reassuring to know that I have her support, as and when I need it, on contract reviews through to much more complex matters.

“Recently B P Collins helped us to reorganise our flagship tyre distribution centre in Warwickshire, which receives thousands of tyres from manufacturing bases across the globe every year and distributes to many garages and larger tyre centres across the UK and Ireland. This was a huge task, which involved B P Collins’ expertise and commercial acumen across a range of practice areas. With all contracts and agreements now finalised, the centre is going from strength to strength.”

This particular matter required senior advice from across the firm to ensure the restructure was a success. A change of service provider required employment advice from Jo Davis, partner in the employment team, as there were nearly 200 employees to consider. The distribution centre needed to terminate its current lease and take out another under new terms and conditions which required the expertise of Alison Taylor in the commercial property team. Nick Hallchurch, dispute resolution partner and Victoria Holland, corporate and commercial partner, both advised on Continental Tyre Group’s complex contract negotiations.

Victoria Holland added:

“We are very pleased to have helped streamline Continental's warehousing and distribution practices, to further cement its position as one of UK’s leading tyre distribution centres in the UK and Ireland. Our firm's long standing relationship with Continental over 30 years means that we have built up considerable industry knowledge as well as solid relationships within our respective teams, making us best placed to provide practical and technical advice to Continental as and when needed.”

B P Collins offers a cross practice service to ensure all aspects of growing a firm are covered. To speak with a members of the corporate team, call 01753 279022 or email

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Tel: 01753 279054 | 07891 990943

Jo Davis

Jo Davis

Tel: 01753 279029 | 07894 608230

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