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 and 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
  • Expansion into overseas markets
  • CHP/Closed loop energy management

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

  • Expertise and professionalism are a given, of course. What sets this team apart, however, is the utterly pragmatic, highly responsive and entirely commercial way in which they supported a deal not short of its own peculiar challenge.


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.