Our food & drink sector expertise combines legal services for all aspects of your day-to-day business with specialist support in sector issues such as labelling, product liability and brand protection.
From commercial contracts, buying and selling businesses and employment matters, to leasing, buying or selling a property, data protection, dispute resolution and much more, we provide expert advice to manufacturers, distillers, processors, retailers, suppliers and customers.
The food & drink sector is of huge importance to the Scottish and UK economy and is one of our most dynamic and successful sectors. It also has specific concerns, which our food & drink lawyers, who are immersed in the sector, understand. Sustainability, environmental issues, quality and origin of products, regulatory compliance and branding are areas where we can provide specific guidance and advice for businesses and investors domestically and internationally.
Food & Drink key highlights
- Our annual food & drink conference attracts more than 100 delegates from across the supply chain
- Whisky Hammer Ltd – Advising in the sell down of a large minority stake to Hong Kong based Rare Whisky Holdings
- Ardgowan Distillery – Advising on fund raising and construction contracts for a new distillery
- Scottish Enterprise – Advising on food and drink sector funding and investments including New Wave Foods, Holyrood Distillery & MiAlgae
- Northern Link Limited – Advising in the sale of its 68% shareholding in The Scottish Salmon Company plc to Faroese farmer Bakkafrost
- Seafood Connection – Advising Dutch-based Seafood Connection Holding B.V. (part of the Maruha Nichiro Corporation group of companies) in the acquisition of UK-based Northcoast Seafoods Limited
- Frostkrone Food Group – Advising on the strategic acquisitions of Innovate Foods and Abergavenny Fine Foods, two of the leading producers of finger food and frozen snacks in the UK
- Scottish Whisky Association – Support in relation to a range of key sector-wide issues, including regulatory / parliamentary and competition law matters
- Kersia – Advising the French biosecurity and food safety group and their private equity backers, Ardian on entry into the UK market and advising on a number of strategic acquisitions and investments, leading to them becoming Europe's second largest company in their sector
- Ubiquitous Chip - Advising on the sale of the equity in the group owning the well-known restaurants the Ubiquitous Chip, Stravaigan and Hanoi Bike Shop to the Metropolitan Pub Company