The UK food and drink sector is facing many challenges while the UK establishes its trading relationships with the European Union and further afield. Food and drink companies are also experiencing workforce shortages while keeping up with an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Juggling pressures on profit margins created by supply chain issues and increases in the cost of utilities, combined with consumer demands for both convenience and long-term sustainability, means that companies must constantly invest in innovation and technology to keep up with competitors.

We act for major players in the food and drink industry. Our full-service team have a range of specialist sector knowledge from their experience of advising a range of clients from field to fork, including listed multinational food and drink manufacturers and distributors, national retailers, restaurant chains and CBD and supplement suppliers.

We deliver prompt and pragmatic advice to keep clients trading. We’ll help make sense of regulatory and compliance issues, while avoiding reputational risks of a product recall or quality issues. In addition, we assist with mergers and acquisitions, trading arrangements, brand protection, competition issues, property management and a variety of employment matters.

What we do

Whether dealing with a developer, investor, landlord or tenant we can help you with negotiating the leasing, acquisition or sale of your business premises; from planning and construction, to funding, tax advice and litigation, our conscientious and responsive team aim to provide commercial advice to mitigate risk, to ensure your projects are delivered on time. 

Commercial property strategy

Our employment team are able to provide advice in relation to all aspects of your relationships with your employees, whether that’s assisting with contracts and handbooks, business transfers, inter-company disputes and issues, employment claims and any other employment issues (such as seasonal working). Additionally, we can assist with compliance audits and offer bespoke training to assist you in managing your employees. We also provide specialist immigration advice, with immigration lawyers available to advise on compliance with ever changing and complex immigration rules and legislation, particularly now that the UK has left the EU. We can help with your Sponsor Licence and Visa applications, right to work checks and help you safeguard against illegal working. We also undertake immigration audits and compliance advice.

Immigration and employment needs

Our award-winning corporate team is known for its extensive experience in M&A transactions, private equity work, corporate governance advice and solvent reorganisations. With our expertise working with clients based in the UK and overseas and our close relationships with leading law firms globally, we’re able to provide timely, responsive and cost-effective advice with minimal distraction to our clients’ businesses.

Mergers and acquisitions, investment and company reorganisations

Our regulatory team helps clients understand, anticipate, and influence the shifting - and often volatile - regulatory landscape. We partner with your business to create smart, operational solutions that minimise risk, create new opportunities, and power your business forward. We regularly advise food and drink companies on food labelling and packaging requirements, nutrition and health claims, product quality issues, recall and consumer law.    

As the regulatory framework is complex and changes happen regularly, we understand food and drink businesses may sometimes be subject to regulatory investigation and enforcement. We have extensive experience in supporting clients through regulatory investigations and enforcement including representing and advising clients at interviews under caution and in court hearings. Our advice in these business-critical situations is underpinned by our knowledge and experience gained by working closely with regulators in this sector over a significant period of time.

Navigating a changing regulatory framework

Our IP team span the whole range of IP rights across both contentious and non-contentious matters, whether it be complex patent litigation, trade mark strategy and protection advice, advertising and marketing matters, copyright-related issues, IP licensing arrangements, R&D and collaboration agreements or design rights advice. 

Chambers 2022
"The team is very commercially focused. The lawyers are good at strategising and pay good attention to detail."

We can help you build an effective strategy which will take into account your resources, your approach to risk and the potential impact on your brand including: advice on alternative dispute resolution; breach of commercial contracts; breach of restrictive covenants; breach of warranty; company law disputes; freezing orders; injunctions; misrepresentation; claims and shareholder disputes. 

Chambers 2022
"Clear and concise advice, excellent client care and high level of commerciality."

Our commercial team of dedicated specialists work together with our clients operating in the food and drink sectors to bring new products to market and expand their businesses overseas. We have particular expertise in advising brand owners and manufacturers on everything from putting in place framework agreements; to securing the supply of key components and raw materials; to engaging contract manufacturers, fillers, and packaging suppliers; through to assisting our clients in expanding their international footprint by appointing local representatives. We have extensive experience of putting in place contracts with commercial agents, distributors and other intermediaries and we frequently support our clients in performance managing those relationship and, if required, advising on termination to enable our clients to service the local market directly. 

Trade and commerce arrangements

Whether dealing with a developer, investor, landlord or tenant we can help you with negotiating the leasing, acquisition or sale of your business premises; from planning and construction, to funding, tax advice and litigation, our conscientious and responsive team aim to provide commercial advice to mitigate risk, to ensure your projects are delivered on time. 

Commercial property strategy

Our employment team are able to provide advice in relation to all aspects of your relationships with your employees, whether that’s assisting with contracts and handbooks, business transfers, inter-company disputes and issues, employment claims and any other employment issues (such as seasonal working). Additionally, we can assist with compliance audits and offer bespoke training to assist you in managing your employees. We also provide specialist immigration advice, with immigration lawyers available to advise on compliance with ever changing and complex immigration rules and legislation, particularly now that the UK has left the EU. We can help with your Sponsor Licence and Visa applications, right to work checks and help you safeguard against illegal working. We also undertake immigration audits and compliance advice.

Immigration and employment needs

Our award-winning corporate team is known for its extensive experience in M&A transactions, private equity work, corporate governance advice and solvent reorganisations. With our expertise working with clients based in the UK and overseas and our close relationships with leading law firms globally, we’re able to provide timely, responsive and cost-effective advice with minimal distraction to our clients’ businesses.

Mergers and acquisitions, investment and company reorganisations

Our regulatory team helps clients understand, anticipate, and influence the shifting - and often volatile - regulatory landscape. We partner with your business to create smart, operational solutions that minimise risk, create new opportunities, and power your business forward. We regularly advise food and drink companies on food labelling and packaging requirements, nutrition and health claims, product quality issues, recall and consumer law.    

As the regulatory framework is complex and changes happen regularly, we understand food and drink businesses may sometimes be subject to regulatory investigation and enforcement. We have extensive experience in supporting clients through regulatory investigations and enforcement including representing and advising clients at interviews under caution and in court hearings. Our advice in these business-critical situations is underpinned by our knowledge and experience gained by working closely with regulators in this sector over a significant period of time.

Navigating a changing regulatory framework

Our IP team span the whole range of IP rights across both contentious and non-contentious matters, whether it be complex patent litigation, trade mark strategy and protection advice, advertising and marketing matters, copyright-related issues, IP licensing arrangements, R&D and collaboration agreements or design rights advice. 

Chambers 2022
"The team is very commercially focused. The lawyers are good at strategising and pay good attention to detail."

We can help you build an effective strategy which will take into account your resources, your approach to risk and the potential impact on your brand including: advice on alternative dispute resolution; breach of commercial contracts; breach of restrictive covenants; breach of warranty; company law disputes; freezing orders; injunctions; misrepresentation; claims and shareholder disputes. 

Chambers 2022
"Clear and concise advice, excellent client care and high level of commerciality."

Our commercial team of dedicated specialists work together with our clients operating in the food and drink sectors to bring new products to market and expand their businesses overseas. We have particular expertise in advising brand owners and manufacturers on everything from putting in place framework agreements; to securing the supply of key components and raw materials; to engaging contract manufacturers, fillers, and packaging suppliers; through to assisting our clients in expanding their international footprint by appointing local representatives. We have extensive experience of putting in place contracts with commercial agents, distributors and other intermediaries and we frequently support our clients in performance managing those relationship and, if required, advising on termination to enable our clients to service the local market directly. 

Trade and commerce arrangements

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