Legal services

  • Business disposals
  • Collaboration & joint ventures
  • Commercial contracts & supplier agreements
  • Commercial property matters
  • Competition investigations
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment matters
  • Health & safety compliance & regulatory issues
  • Intellectual property & brand protection
  • International / cross-border issues law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Product liability claims
  • Sale & distribution arrangements
  • Supply chain management

Sector expertise

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.

“From field to fork, MacRoberts is engaged with every stage of increasingly complex and dynamic supply chains, whether it be aquaculture, dairy, meat, cereals, bakery, processed foods, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks (and all of their separate ingredients). In addition, relating to equipment, packaging or the services required in these supply chains, MacRoberts offers expertise and specialist legal services across the food & drink sector.”

Euan Duncan, Head of Food & Drink

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.

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.

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.

Key contacts

Euan Duncan, Partner

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.

Alan Kelly, Partner

Alan has over 20 years’ experience in advising clients in a broad range of Scottish and English corporate transactions. He advises clients on joint ventures, business acquisitions and disposals, start-ups, equity investment and general corporate governance matters.

Our work

  • Advising a Scottish manufacturing company on its global IP protection and investment strategy.


  •  Advising on the creation of a joint venture involving an international cider manufacturer, marketer and distributor.


  •  Advising on the provision of a secured-term loan to assist a leading gluten-free brand, with the acquisition of a similar business.


  •  Advising a large whisky distiller on a series of commercial contracts.
  • Assisting with the £98.4 million buy out of a Scottish shellfish company by a Canadian seafood firm.


  •  Assisting with the £21 million purchase of a cocktail company by a large Scottish drinks producer.


  •  Advising on the acquisition of a specialist in dry blending of herbs and spices from US-based company.


  •  Advising a renowned food producer on a comprehensive range of commercial contracts, both contentious and non-contentious, affecting and relating to its business.

What our clients say about us

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