Food and drink | Experience

We brought one of the first arbitrations before the Groceries Code Adjudicator under the new Groceries Code.

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Bill Dixon

Bill Dixon

The team’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting in one of the first arbitrations before the Groceries Code Adjudicator in a dispute with a supermarket under GSCOP
  • Acting for a prestigious city centre restaurant facing a Food Safety Act prosecution 
  • Dealing with the legal and other issues arising on the installation of industrial equipment at a refinery
  • Dealing with the regulatory and other legal issues arising out of the accidental discharge into a public waterway
  • Advising on an investigation by the Trading Standards Authority on behalf of a supplier of canned foodstuffs
  • Acting on a contractual dispute relating to the rearing of heifers in a dairy herd
  • Advising on issues arising out of the acquisition by an overseas food company of a UK food supplier
  • Assisting a contract catering company with the preparation and negotiation of new contracts with a wide range of blue-chip clients
  • Renegotiating an agreement with a brewery for sponsorship and the supply of beers
  • Preparing and advising on a range of agreements for the manufacture, distribution and supply of food products
  • Negotiating the terms of contracts for the supply of plant and machinery for food manufacturing and associated fit-out works
  • Dealing with trade mark applications and disputes for various brand owners in the food and drink sector
  • Undertaking extensive patent due diligence (in conjunction with patent attorneys) ahead of an international joint venture
  • Drafting and negotiating supply-chain and distribution agreements
  • Advising on marketing and advertising issues in the alcoholic beverages sector
  • Drafting and negotiating sponsorship agreements for manufacturers across a wide range of sports and cultural events
  • Providing regulatory advice on labelling for alcoholic beverages
  • Advising on how to deal with counterfeit products
  • Team members also have experience of drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts for the supply of ingredients and packaging to a major alcoholic beverages manufacturer