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Food, Beverages and Agriculture

It’s a thriving sector in Ireland, there’s energy and optimism in it. We can sense that from our clients.

quotes I feel confident that I am receiving the best counsel from people who understand the business and where it intends to move towards.

Legal 500, 2022

The food, beverage and agriculture sector is the jewel in Ireland’s economy. Irish food and drink exports experienced a record year in 2021 with the value of sales up to €13.5bn. Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers has extensive experience advising across all areas of the food, beverage and agriculture industry, from indigenous start-ups to large-scale corporations. We represent many key operators in the sector including producers of food, agribusinesses, manufacturers of packaging, as well as distributors, supermarkets, retailers, franchises, distilleries and restaurants.

The sector faces increasing challenges from regulation, complex consumer and competition law requirements, protecting intellectual property, supply chain logistics, health and safety issues and sustainability and environmental responsibilities. At Philip Lee we have unrivalled experience in navigating clients through the full range of industry issues they face.

We help our clients to thrive. We advise on:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and investments
  • Commercial contracts
  • Regulatory compliance
  • EU competition and trade/customs law
  • Trade marks, patents, designs, confidential information and copyright
  • Environmental and energy
  • Product and brand development
  • Reputation management, product liability
  • Employment law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Tax

We also have unrivalled whiskey industry experience advising the most established whiskey brands to more recent whiskey market entrants. Our specialised team is unique in having continually acted for whiskey market leaders since 1987. What started with advising Cooley Distillery plc, up to and including its ultimate sale to Jim Beam in 2012, has developed over 35 years into a market leading team advising on all aspects of the whiskey industry. Read more about our whiskey industry experience here.


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