Food & Drink

Expert legal advice for the food and drink sector, from joint ventures and M&A to manufacturing, distribution and compliance.

Our team offers unrivalled, sector-wide expertise to a diverse portfolio of food and drink manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. We provide commercial solutions to issues encountered across this growing sector.

Across the food and drink sector, the constant theme is change, be that in consumer tastes, advancement of food, drink and production technologies, or navigating the ever-changing regulatory environment. Scotland’s global reputation for provenance of food and drink of the very highest quality presents a massive opportunity in the global market place.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s international reach and unrivalled experience across the sector means we are ideally positioned to assist companies in realising both their domestic and international growth aspirations.

Our clients range from primary producers in agriculture and aquaculture through to large household name producers and manufacturers; and from small-scale to major brewers and distillers through to food and drink producers of all sizes, their suppliers, distributors and supply chains; as well as funders, investors and public sector and trade bodies. 

Our work

We are trusted advisors to clients operating across the food and drink sector, on matters including:

  • acquisitions and disposals;
  • product recall issues;
  • joint ventures;
  • health & safety/food safety compliance;
  • investment, including early stage and growth capital;
  • packaging and labelling;
  • bank finance and security;
  • supply chain liability;
  • IP protection and trademark registration;
  • excise duty compliance;
  • manufacturing and supply agreements;
  • competition law compliance and investigation;
  • distribution and agency agreements;
  • waste management;
  • Business Advisory and Restructuring;
  • expansion into overseas markets; and
  • CHP/Closed loop energy management.

To find out how our food & drink lawyers can help you, please get in touch.

William Grant & Sons

Acted for William Grant & Sons Limited in the acquisition of the Drambuie business and brands.

Chivas Brothers Limited

Acted for Chivas Brothers Limited in its disposal of the Glenallachie distillery and White Heather brands.

Pernod Ricard UK

Acted for Pernod Ricard UK in its investment in 21st Amendment Ltd (London), plus a spirit supply agreement.

TruNet Group

Advising The TruNet Group on joint venture with Polinet to service Eastern European markets.

Scottish Sea Farms

Advising Scottish Sea Farms on joint ventures and collaborations with, and involving, university aquaculture centres on fish health treatment and research.

Energy Use and Sustainability

Advising a cider manufacturer in Herefordshire on contracts for design, construction, operation and maintenance of an anaerobic digestion plant to treat waste from the drinks plant and allow discharge of waste water into watercourse.

Brand Protection, IP and Sponsorship

Advising on sponsorship of global events by leading spirits brands, including golf sponsorships by Ballantine’s whisky in the UK and in Asia; music sponsorships by Chivas Brothers in South America and Asia; and music sponsorships by Beefeater Gin in Spain and Russia.

Finance and Development

Acting for Scottish Sea Farms in acquisition of a major strategic land site for new freshwater facility and £30 million funding package.


Advised Heineken on its UK outsourcing programme to Kuehne & Nagel.


Acted for Chivas Brothers Limited on the sale and leaseback of bonded warehouses.


Advising on the construction of a new whisky distillery in Glasgow.

Scotland in 2050: Realising Our Global Potential

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