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Food and Drink

The food and drink sector is one of the fastest paced and dynamic sectors in Scotland. However, businesses have to deal with a raft of legislation and comply with strict regulation.

At Thorntons, we understand the food and drink sector challenges and opportunities for businesses both large and small, and can offer a complete legal support service. Our team acts for a growing number of clients in this area, from food and drink producers, exporters and importers through to hotels and restaurants, including those with Michelin stars.

Our in-depth sector knowledge means that we can give our clients a service which is focused, specific and proactive. We can advise on a range of issues including business concept, property acquisition, brand development and protection, funding, commercial contracts and employment matters.

We can guide you on all aspects of property purchase if you are buying commercial property in this sector, helping you turn a proposal or an agreement in principle into a concluded deal.

We can also help food and drink businesses with contractual disputes and claims, including recovery of debts, training requirements, general health and safety issues and visa, immigration and sponsorship.

In addition, our team has experience of dealing with all aspects of licensing and can advise you on applications for premises and personal licences, off-sales, taxi, public entertainment, later hours catering licences and for specific events where alcohol is sold. We can also represent you before licensing authorities.

With Thorntons offices across the region and our full service available in each office, we are on hand to discuss how we can help with your business.

Why Thorntons?

A few reasons why our clients come to us for help


advice for producers and retailers


and practical advice and guidance


teams across our locations

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We have a full range of services for the Food and Drink sector, backed by our team of Expert Lawyers

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