Volatile commodity prices and exchange rates; competitive pressures on pricing; compliance with health and environment-focused legislation, regulation and standards; supply chain complexities and concerns; the importance of provenance and branding – these are just some of the challenges our expert Food & Drink team can help you to overcome.
At MacRoberts, our in-depth knowledge and vast experience means we provide a unique, full service and cross-sector offering designed to meet your particular circumstances and complexities. Given the varied nature of the sector, and the supply chain and cross-sector complexities industry operators face, our clients are also given readily available access to our other specialist teams.
The legal advice and support we provide therefore reflects the needs of the sector, both within the industry itself and when it inevitably interacts with other industries.
Our clients represent a broad spectrum of businesses involved in the production and sale of a huge variety of food and drink products – from haggis, salmon and sausages to Scotch Whisky, cakes and chocolate. Such a shopping basket of products not only contributes to over 18% of the total manufacturing sector in the UK, it is central to Scotland’s growing export market.
We are proud to deliver legal support and innovative solutions to those operating in such an important and dynamic sector. Our passion, depth of knowledge and experience encompasses all the distinct elements of the food and drink industry, whether in respect of biosciences, agriculture, processing, distribution or retail.
We are active members of Scotland Food & Drink, allowing us to engage with businesses at each stage of the supply chain.
Our Food & Drink team provides specialist legal support at every step: assisting ingredients and final product manufacturers with supply agreements and supply chain liability; helping businesses address their logistical needs in relation to high-value, high-volume and perishable goods; advising on packaging and advertising requirements and obligations, and overcoming limitations, in different markets; offering innovative solutions aimed at protecting and enforcing rights with regard to proprietary processes and brands.
We have a comprehensive grasp of the ever-changing food and drink environment, and keenly appreciate the increasingly complex supply chains which operators and businesses must navigate. The result is legal services designed to meet the needs of food and drink operators, delivered by thought-leading legal experts.
Euan has first-hand knowledge and experience, formerly as in-house counsel, of both the production and manufacturing industry. He regularly advises on all areas of the law relating to intellectual property, technology and media (digital and non-digital), and is involved on a daily basis with drafting, negotiating and advising upon all manner of commercial contracts, from sale to purchase, distribution to retail, sponsorship to endorsement, and everything in between.
Euan Duncan is a “good communicator” who is “always available and comes up with very timely advice.”
Euan Duncan has wide-ranging legal knowledge and finely tuned business acumen.
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