Food and agribusiness

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We have one of the largest teams of food and agricultural lawyers in the country, with experts specialising in every legal element of the food supply chain.

Businesses in the food and agri-sector have to contend with complex commercial imperatives and regulations. 

Some have to deal with subsidies, the environment and gang labour, while others are focused on food safety, food quality, labelling and marketing. Health and safety, employment, tenancies, leases, competition, joint ventures, insurance, partnerships, corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals, banking and finance and commercial agreements....the list of potential issues is seemingly never-ending.

We understand the issues you face and can deal with the legal technicalities, helping you keep track of regulatory requirements and providing robust, practical advice to guide you when you need it.  

Our lawyers

Our team is made up of lawyers with deep understanding of the concerns of the food and agribusiness sector, and experts who work exclusively for particular food and agri companies.

Our experience

Our breadth of expertise encompasses:

  • Advising on a contamination event and the application of the Food Safety Requirements on a multi-national level to a global food business.
  • Advising the management team of the Weetabix Food Company on the £1.4billion sale to Post Holdings.
  • Advising Farmcare on all its agribusiness and property matters.
  • Working with Trinity College, Cambridge on the management of its agricultural portfolio, including tenancy restructuring, acquisitions and disposals.
  • Advising on internal policies, procedures, regulatory standards, product development, labelling and advertising for a range of food businesses and products.
  • Advising Anglo Beef Processors, Greenyard Foods and other major fresh food suppliers on various acquisitions.
  • Acting for Greene King on the sale of a portfolio of 16 pubs to Heineken UK's Star Pubs & Bars, Marstons and Hall & Woodhouse.
  • Advising the Wellcome Trust on the £249million acquisition for the farming business of the Co-operative Group.
  • Supporting a global foodservice company on acquisitions of food service businesses.
  • Acting for Coca-Cola Amatil on the sale of SPC Ardmona to World Wise Foods.
  • Advising Refresco Holdings BV on the disposal of its aseptic PET bottling facility.

Our clients

We have experience across the whole range of food and agribusinesses from 'farm to fork':

  • Large landowners and private farming families
  • International food growers and processors
  • Major food packagers and bottlers
  • International brewers and wine producers
  • Major restaurant chains such as McDonald's

Legal resources you may find useful

Our food law blog covers all legal aspects of the food and agribusiness sector.

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