There is a wealth of legislation governing the food and beverage industries, including a comprehensive regime relating to the sale of alcohol. Whether you are in the restaurant business, food and beverage wholesale, retail or distribution, you will be affected by the rules.
Restaurants in particular have unique requirements including in relation to health and safety, smoke and effluent and entertainment licences, all of which can impact upon their leases. Concerns for suppliers, distributors and retailers include ensuring their practice satisfies EU regulations, demand for greater transparency in food sourcing, standards for ethical and green credentials and also public health concerns over childhood obesity and labeling.
We have acted for a number of restaurant chains, individual venue owners, beverage suppliers and distributors in relation to various regulatory matters. We have worked closely with clients to develop their restaurant businesses through opening new branches, franchising their rights and disposing of their interests through appropriate vehicles. We have also advised celebrity chefs, for which we worked closely with the media, marketing, management and television sectors as well as publishing.
Please feel free to email or call one of our lawyers to discuss how we can help move your business forward.