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Food & Drink

Our clients range from global brands to corporate manufacturers, family producers, SMEs and start-ups. We provide comprehensive, commercial legal advice, including advice in respect of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related Job Retention Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans or on funding using the Coronavirus Future Fund.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

Act as a sounding board in this fast changing world of COVID-19, and give clear advice on commercial contracts and trading agreements, arrangements surrounding buying, selling or leasing a property, advice on employment issues, assistance with protecting your intellectual property, guidance on acquiring or disposing of a business and licensing and regulatory issues.

Covid-19

We provide latest insights and guidance on the impact of COVID-19. We understand many of the concerns that businesses in the food and drink sector face, from restricted trading, retention of their staff to disruptions of supply chains.  We have a dedicated COVID-19 portal that you may find helpful and we are always happy to chat through your concerns, so do get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

Trading

We negotiate trading agreements for suppliers and customers alike. We listen to clients and build in the right provisions for them on service levels, product recalls, audit procedures, disaster recovery and monitoring, all to fit in with their product range - short or long life, ambient, chilled or frozen. 

We have experience in manufacturing, packaging, distribution, franchising and warehousing agreements as well as in public procurement law.

Real estate

Our lawyers have a clear understanding of the rules relating to cleanliness, temperature control, waste disposal, pollution control, vehicle usage and noise in relation to food manufacturing and storage buildings. We ensure property documents reflect the commercial requirements and relevant statutory provisions, working closely with specialist surveyors, planners, engineers and other professionals. We can also help you with taking on a new lease or disposing of your existing property.

Protecting your ideas and data

We have vast experience in providing advice on how best to acquire, protect and enforce intellectual property rights in order to safeguard various aspects of your business. We regularly give advice on trade marks, product designs, copyright and how to protect trade secrets, customer lists and price lists.

Our specialist data protection team are recognised experts in this technical area of law. We can advise you on how to effectively manage subject access requests and data security breaches. From drafting your policies and procedures to providing training for your managers and employees, we can help.”

Employment

We understand that a motivated workforce is an essential part of your business. Food and drink companies frequently consult us on employee issues, from the introduction of the National Living Wage, the apprenticeship levy to understanding how further legislation may affect them. This sector is coming under increased scrutiny and regulation on employment matters. We can offer the clear, focused and up-to-date advice you need to ensure that your business is both compliant and well positioned to manage any employment issues, including dealing with any Employment Tribunals claims.

Corporate

Whether you’re acquiring a competitor or are looking to restructure or sell your business, we have the experience to negotiate a successful outcome for you.  We regularly act for investors on the one hand and for management teams, who are looking to raise money for their business, on the other and we take you safely through the investment process. Our banking team are seasoned in providing advice on debt matters, including property and acquisition finance. We also regularly advise on shareholders’ agreements, articles of association, employee incentive schemes and we have a dedicated company secretarial support team.

Licensing & regulatory

Having the right licence for your business is crucial to its success, so whether you need a temporary events licence for that event you’re hosting or a brand new premises licence, we can help. Our team also advise on the ever-changing range of food and drink regulations, from product labelling, allergens, quality obligations, weights and measures, advertising and traceability. We provide assistance and guidance on how to deal with approaches from enforcement agencies, product recalls and similar.

What we’ve been up to

Here’s a snapshot of what we have been up to:

  

  • acquisition of Higher Nature, who offer a wide range of high quality, ethical vitamins, minerals and supplements
  • buyout of two businesses involved in packing and processing meat
  • property and licensing advice to Epic Pubs
  • banking and corporate advice regarding a group restructure to McManus Pub Company
  • product branding and infringement issue for Green Gourmet
  • working with BFS Group on a variety of commercial and property, construction and development matters
  • advice on a Food Standards Agency investigation
  • disposal of a London based family owned artisan food manufacturer business for £10mil

Who we are

If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to talk to us in more detail, please contact Daisy Divoka or another member of the team. We'd love to hear from you!

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