Leading influencers from the UK's food and drink sector gathered last night at the Cedar Court Hotel in York for the 3rd Walker Morris Food Leadership Dinner.
More than 25 chairmen, chief executives, finance directors and other senior executives from across the food and drink industry were led in a discussion by Tim Smith, Tesco Group Technical Director, on 'What burgers taught us'. The discussion examined the lessons learnt by the industry following a number of supply chain incidents such as the horse meat scandal.
Tim was the public face of Tesco during the horse meat scandal having joined Tesco only three months earlier from the Food Standards Authority where he was Chief Executive. At the FSA, which he joined in 2008, Tim was credited with introducing a more consensus-driven style following repeated clashed between the regulator and industry.
Richard Naish, Head of the Food and Drink Group at Walker Morris commented:
"Having worked for major food manufacturers, then the FSA and now a major retailer, Tim has a unique perspective and insight into the food and drink industry. I would like to thank everyone who attended but particularly Tim for leading and contributing to some very interesting discussions. In particular a couple of key themes which came out of the discussions were rationalisation of the supply chain and the increasing digitalisation of consumer behaviour."
Walker Morris' previous Food and Drink Leadership Dinners have featured Mike Coupe (soon to be chief executive of Sainsbury) and David Salkeld (chief executive of Symington's).
Finance & Real Estate lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Evans Management on a funding deal worth £175million to assist with investment and acquisition opportunities.
The business, which is owned by Evans Property Group, agreed the refinancing package with The Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays Bank who provided £125 million and £50 million respectively.
Based in Leeds and London the company is a long-established private property investor and developer. The Group's current investments include 1 Park Row in Leeds and the White Rose Shopping Centre. The funding will allow it to continue with its refurbishment projects in Leeds and extend its investments in the Forest Dean and Sherwood Forest as well as the purchase of a Dakota Hotel in Glasgow.
Ian Akitt, banking and finance partner who led the Walker Morris team said:
"Evans Property Group is a long-standing client of the firm and we've been delighted to have been able to work with them on a number of transactions. They have been a significant investor in property in Leeds and other cities and they driven investment in a number of iconic buildings. This latest funding will enable them to continue to achieve their growth plans."
Paul Millington, Financial Director at Evan Management commented that the package will provide "a sound platform for growth in an improving real estate market."
Ian Akitt was assisted by Ben Roden also in the Banking and Finance team and Jeremy Moore – Head of Real Estate.
LGA and cCLOA annual Culture, Tourism and Sport conference 2014
Date/Time: 03 March 2014 13:00 - 04 March 2014- 15:30
Venue: Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB
Local authorities play a crucial role in providing, supporting and developing leisure and cultural opportunities. The challenge is fulfilling this role in times of highly aggressive cost reduction requirements. There is no 'one size fits all' solution to the challenges and opportunities in this sector from a legal perspective.
This flagship LGA/ cCLOA conference will bring together Members and Officers who are leading culture, tourism and sport to debate and access the latest innovative practice about how we make the most of our culture, heritage and sport assets to improve places and put them at the heart of local plans to drive growth. In tough financial times, how can we make the most of our culture, heritage and sport assets?
The Walker Morris Leisure Team will be exhibiting at the LGA / cCLOA Conference and will be catching up with clients and key industry contacts at their exhibition stand (Stand 9).
Who should attend?
Leaders; Chief Executives; Members and Officers responsible for: cultural services, the arts, libraries, museums and archives, tourism, leisure, heritage, recreation, economic development, regeneration
Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash
Intellectual property lawyers at Walker Morris achieve success in high profile music dispute
The Court of Appeal has announced this week that it has refused former Wishbone Ash band member, Martin Turner, the right to appeal an Intellectual Property Enterprise Court decision. In October last year, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court found Martin Turner's new band's name, "Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash", infringed Andy Powell's trade mark for WISHBONE ASH.
Wishbone Ash gained widespread popularity in the 1970s with its third album, Argus, which is widely regarded as a classic of its genre. Through the involvement and guidance of Andy Powell, the last member of the original line up, the band, which has a diehard following across Europe and the USA, is still actively performing.
Philip Harris, Trade Mark Litigator and former President of ITMA, who acted as Counsel for Andy Powell said:
"I am very pleased that the Court of Appeal has stood firm in upholding Recorder Campbell's carefully reasoned finding that Andy Powell is the rightful owner of the Wishbone Ash trademark against all 22 grounds of appeal. The importance of the case to band name disputes can perhaps best be summed in the memorable phrase of one of Andy's witnesses: "once you quit, you quit". As a trade mark attorney advocate, exercising the profession's new rights to appear before IPEC I was also delighted to be instructed by Walker Morris and Andy in this case and I thank them both for this great opportunity."
Samantha Lucas, who led the Walker Morris team of Helen Thomas-Peter, Chris Hoole and Rose Smalley, went on to say:
"We are delighted with this result, which rightly reflects Andy's steadfast determination and dedication to maintain and grow the Wishbone Ash name."
A free seminar from Walker Morris & Bloom:
With the number of active users on social media increasing by 64% in the last eight years and 93% of marketers currently using this medium to drive business; social media engagement is fast becoming one of the most important ways for brands to connect with their audience. Over the next five years companies are expected to double their social marketing budgets and for this reason brands must understand how to use this platform in the correct and most profitable way for their business.
Walker Morris has teamed up with Bloom, an integrated marketing agency, to run a series of breakfast seminars to discuss the issues and opportunities surrounding the management of brands in a digital age.
At this event, our second in the series, we will hear from Dominic Burch, Head of Social Media at Asda and Sam Brown, Digitial Marketing Manager at Goal and hear the challenges they often face and the strategies behind their social media management. There will also be a panel discussion which will use recent case studies to explore the difficulties facing marketers when implementing a social media strategy. We’ll be focusing on:
How to engage with existing and potential customers on social media
How to deal with customer issues and complaints on social media and when to act
How to ensure compliance with the new laws relating to online defamation
There’ll be plenty of opportunities for the audience to get involved too – if you would like to submit a question to be discussed by our panel, don’t hesitate to drop us a line here
Walker Morris LLP, Kings Court, 12 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL
Tuesday 1 April 2014
08:00 Registration, light buffet breakfast
Dominic Burch - Head of Social Media, Asda
Sam Brown - Digital Marketing Manager, Goal
Alex Craven - CEO, Bloom
Gwendoline Davies - Partner, Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Walker Morris
Lynsey Oakdene - Director, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Walker Morris
Matthew Chapman - Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Walker Morris
Session eligible for 1.5 CPD points.