Food and drink

We have unique and specialist experience in the food and drink sector allowing us to give practical and effective advice.

Group contact

Bill Dixon

Bill Dixon

Members of our Food and Drink group have extensive experience throughout the food and drink chain.  Starting at the farm or import to the UK, we advise on all aspects of production, packaging, distribution and retail.  We act for suppliers, manufacturers and retailers of foodstuffs and FMCGs, hotels, restaurants and providers of catering and hospitality services.

We offer a full range of legal and regulatory services to the Food and Drink sector and have unique specialist knowledge.  For example we brought one of the very first arbitrations before the Groceries Code Adjudicator under the new GSCOP rules.  Members of the team have also worked in-house in the Food and Drink industry.

The team advises on:

  • manufacturing and supply agreements 
  • franchise agreements
  • prosecutions and investigations by the food, trading standards and other regulatory agencies
  • sale and acquisition of freehold or leasehold factories and retail sites
  • breach of contract claims
  • product liability claims
  • claims or investigations under GSCOP
  • protection of intellectual property rights, confidential information and enforcing restrictive covenants
  • defending employment claims for dismissal and discrimination
  • share and asset purchase agreements
  • liquor and other licensing arrangements
  • restructuring and corporate insolvency
  • reputation management

We can also provide training on the Groceries Code for suppliers.