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DLA Piper wins Heineken deal in first for brewing giant

HeinekenDLA Piper’s Edinburgh office has been hired as the sole provider of external legal work for brewing giant Heineken UK which is normally served by a panel of law firms.

The three year contract will see DLA Piper acting for Heineken UK across the full range of legal work in the UK, including property, litigation, intellectual property, corporate and employment law. Heineken UK also based in Edinburgh following its acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle in 2008.

The relationship will be managed from DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office by John McKinlay, a partner in the intellectual property and technology practice, and Hazel Moffat, partner in the firm’s litigation and regulatory team.

Although DLA Piper will carry out most of the work, licensing work will remain with Flint Bishop, while recoveries  will stay with TLT.  The services provided by these firms will be managed by DLA Piper.

John McKinlay said: “Heineken UK is a fantastic company and we are absolutely delighted to have been selected.”

Graeme Colquhoun, Heineken’s UK head of legal, added: “While we have historically worked with a significant number of strong law firms in a wide variety of areas, we believe the time is right to consolidate the provision of these services in one key partner and DLA Piper demonstrated an excellent cultural fit and the business focus we were looking for.”

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