George Frier

George Frier


Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

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George is a partner and head of the firm's food and drink group with a client list drawn principally from the food and drink, technology and engineering sectors.

He conducts a wide range of corporate work, including strategic corporate advice, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and group reorganisations/restructurings, for international and domestic clients.

He is also a member of the firm's Family Business and Wealth Protection group and assists clients in addressing their longer term succession and governance issues.

George regularly advises on shareholder, director and partnership disputes and their resolution whether by negotiation or in conjunction with his colleagues in litigation.

Clients regularly endorse his commercial and hands-on approach to their affairs. He is described in Chambers legal directory as a "no-nonsense lawyer who sees all the issues and does a good job of arguing his client's case".

Admitted in Scotland

Areas of Practice

Corporate | Equity Capital Markets | Mergers and Acquisitions | Privately Owned Business Solutions


Brexit Breathing Space for Food Business Operators
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2019

Whatever your views on Brexit, the deferment of the UK’s leaving date from the EU provided British industry some welcome breathing space to prepare for Brexit. Given the issues that still divide the two main political parties, the UK may yet leave the EU without a deal on 31 October...

Diligence: Early Involvement Pays
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, April 2019

Coordinating cross-border due diligence is a key skill that more often than not underpins complex, multi-jurisdictional merger and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity (PE)-led transactions. Where due diligence really adds value is in the early stages of the transaction, when local knowledge and expertise are vital to understanding the context of data room information...

Stopping Issues from Becoming Crises: Best Practice for Food Business Operators
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, April 2019

The presence of a small amount of undeclared sesame in a particular product may seem trivial but, for those who are allergic, it can provoke a major reaction. Such was the predicament faced by Pret a Manger in July 2016, following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse that same month due to the undeclared presence of sesame in a Pret baguette...