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Overview

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and is one of the most exciting and innovative areas of business. The industry also faces continually growing and evolving pressures: from regulation and competition concerns, to issues of transparency, traceability, security of supply and fraud and environmental concerns. Commodity prices are increasingly volatile and a growing world population will only intensify demand for resources.

Our team of food and drink lawyers provides specialist advice to our clients based on their expert knowledge of food and drink law married with a deep understanding of the dynamics of the sector. We have a genuine appreciation of how relationships work within the industry and sector-specific regulation and practices. We also understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of the supply chain and our team works closely with clients to advise them on regulatory and brand protection concerns.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in food and drink law includes the following:

  • Supply chain contracts and disputes.
  • Regulatory advice.
  • Regulatory investigations and prosecutions
  • Food safety, contamination and product recalls.
  • Food labelling and advertising.
  • Brand protection and exploitation.
  • Imports, exports and international trade.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Competition law.
  • Packaging and environmental issues.
Experience

Advising a frozen food manufacturer on allergen and nutrition labelling and pursuing proceedings against a competitor for mislabelling of nutritional content.

Acting for a high end leisure services business on food safety enforcement proceedings.

Advising Colian, a Polish company specialising in the confectionery sector, on its acquisition of Elizabeth Shaw.

Advising a major international soft drinks manufacturer on supply contract issues, including international arbitration proceedings, and product recalls.

Advising the founders on their sale of the entire issued share capital of West Cornwall Pasty Co to Gresham Private Equity.

Advising Rabobank and Lloyds Bank on the £170 million refinancing of Noble Foods, the UK’s largest supplier of eggs and owner of the Happy Egg Company and Gü Puds.

Advising Ministry of Cake, the UK’s leading manufacturer of desserts for the food service market, on a management buy-out.

Advising Waitrose on product supply within their key Essentials range.

Working with Yeo Valley on intra-group IP structuring arrangements in respect of their well-known yogurt and dairy brand.

Managing UK brand clearance and trade mark registrations for Starbucks.

Advising a well-known producer of dairy products on their milk supply contracts.

Working with Fever-Tree in relation to their European distribution arrangements.

Acting for Adelie Foods, the UK’s largest Food to Go business, on customer supply contracts and on their $350 million acquisition by India Hospitality Corporation.

Meet the team
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Head of Food and Drink
  • Food and Farming
  • Estates and Land
  • Product Liability
Dominic Davis

Dominic Davis Partner

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Racheal Ruane

Rachael Ruane Partner

  • Corporate Banking
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport

What others say...

Clients are quick to praise the team’s efficiency, responsiveness and 'ability to provide clear and practical solutions to complex legal matters.'
Chambers UK 2018