Food & Beverage is a competitive sector characterised by activity and innovation.
It is also one impacted upon most by economic change, particularly prevalent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sector is constantly evolving, as the growth of digital and online platforms enables businesses to develop strategies for customer engagement and enhanced experiences. Those with the foresight and flexibility to adapt to the evolving market, particularly post-COVID 19, will be in a prime position to succeed in the years ahead.
We can support you through your growth journey and the Food & Beverage sector is one where we offer market leading sector expertise in a range of specialist areas.
We are proud to work alongside a range of businesses within Food & Beverage, from developing brands to established household names, including restaurants, pubs and bars. But one thing remains the same; we get to know each and every one of you.
Taking a personal approach to our work allows us to look ahead, and think creatively about how we can best support you with the unique challenges and opportunities you will face in the future, particularly across technology and food regulation.
If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, or would like to talk to our team about any other issues facing your business, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The market is highly competitive; a reputation is hard won but easily lost. The risks to businesses from allergen failings are not only reputational, but may also result in civil and criminal liability. Food Regulation is a particular area of expertise for our team. With our experience of handling matters where incidents have occurred and systems in place have been tested, we are one of the few law firms able to review current allergen protocols and make recommendations to mitigate risk against potential exposure and failings and to be able to manage that risk where issues do arise.
Technology, and adopting a digital presence, is an area dramatically impacting the Food & Beverage sector as customer demand grows for businesses to provide an online offering. An optimised online presence will play an important part of the success and failure of traditional business models, particularly during, and post, COVID-19. Our technology specialists will help you take your business online, including advice on increased data protection responsibilities, website and apps. We will provide continued support as you take advantage of the new opportunities a digital presence can bring.
Hospitality, Restaurants & Catering
The Hospitality sector has experienced considerable change as consumer attitudes have moved towards the desire for a more personalised offering, taking advantage of the benefits of technology. Business Leisure, or ‘Bleisure’ travel has also opened a range of opportunities catering towards the shorter stay, digitally connected customer. We can support you as you take advantage of the evolving hospitality market.
We support businesses ranging from hotels and membership clubs, to restaurants and bars, to live sporting and entertainment events, advising on all their needs. We understand the need to be flexible with seasonal staff and the necessity for a seamless supply chain to meet the increasing expectations of the modern customer.
Our team includes lawyers with a wealth of experience working with hospitality brands, supporting on the full range of matters to address the above, as well as brand protection and food safety.
Meet the team
Some of our clients
Jason Saiban writes for Food Manufacture on the food industry's climate change challenge
The key challenge will be how the environmental targets are actually met.
Consumers’ unwitting assumptions: A [wh]iskey business in brand competition
Olivia and Anna look at the Liverpool Gin Distillery Ltd v Sazerac Brands LLC case and the question of 'indirect confusion'
Michael Powner and Laurence Whymark write for The Caterer on the implications of the new tipping laws on the hospitality industry
Operators will soon have to pass on tips to staff without deductions.
Building Back Better: Future Gazing
What’s next for the hospitality industry post-pandemic?
Building Back Better: Re-examining your proposition
Why hospitality businesses should re-examine their proposition now
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Fudco Partnership on sale to Exponent-backed Vibrant Foods
Fudco is a family-owned business selling South Asian ethnic foods in UK and Europe.
Doing Business Responsibly: Food & Beverage
A return to growth will be a priority post-pandemic for F&B businesses, and doing business responsibly could help you to achieve it
Can contract clauses change the world? We think they can!
With the UK’s services centric economy, the F&B sector can play its part in moving towards a sustainable low to zero carbon economy.
Helen Wong interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live on the impact of the tightening of lockdown restrictions on the F&B sector
Chris Ingram writes for The Caterer on managing PoS integration during the Covid-19 pandemic
Retail Recovery: Restructuring
How the retail and food & beverage sectors can reset, restructure and plan for the future?
Nick White writes for MCA on the data issues surrounding the rise of popularityy of
Helen Wong interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the Chancellor’s proposals to mitigate the damage of Covid-19 on the F&B industry
Clare Davis writes for The Caterer on employers' responsibilities to their teams during Covid-19 pandemic
Re- opening Restaurants, Pubs & Bars: guidance
We combine the latest information on the requirements and recommendations to the F&B industry ahead of 4 July.
Retail Recovery: Middle East Perspective
Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 has affected the Middle East
Retail Recovery: Disputes and Reputation Management
The third episode will focus on Disputes and Reputation Management.
Furlough and administration – the cases of Carluccio’s and Debenhams
Two recent High Court decisions show impact of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on companies in administration.
Retail Recovery: Employment & Data Protection
In this episode we focus on Employment and Data Protection issues and how to adapt to the current environment.
Retail Recovery: Insolvency / Restructuring / Duties
Welcome to our new podcast series focusing on the Retail and Food and Beverage sectors.