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Alcohol Laws – Beer, Wine & Spirits

Alcohol laws Australia

Ramsden Lawyers work with the beer, wine and spirit industry throughout Australia.

Ramsden Lawyers act for clients at every stage of operation and from every region in Australia. Ramsden Lawyers have acted for large brewers, winemakers and distillers through to homebrewers and small family owned vineyards, wineries and cellar doors. Our focus is on providing tailored commercial advice.

We are able to assist beer, wine and spirit industry clients with a range of legal services including business establishment and structuring, acquisitions, capital raising (private, public and crowdfunding), liquor licencing (wholesaler / producer licencing), compliance, equipment leasing, labelling, signage, website content, employment agreements, commercial contracts such as supplier and distribution agreements, intellectual property, lease arrangements and other specific matters such as water rights, advertising and promotion requirements.

Beer Law

In recent years, the craft beer (or ‘independent beer’) market has grown exponentially.

Ramsden Lawyers have assisted a number of homebrewers, new brewers, microbreweries, nanobrewers, pub brewers, contract brewers, regional craft brewers and breweries to establish and grow their business.

We have experience advising in relation to a range of matters that effect the beer industry including:

  • Liquor licencing including wholesaler / producer licencing
  • Equipment leasing for vessels, fermenters, tanks, canning lines etc.
  • Labelling requirements and developments in legislation such as alcohol content, pregnancy labelling etc
  • E-commerce and website content such as warnings, licence disclosure and online sale requirements
  • Commercial contracts such as:
    • Supplier agreements
    • Distributor agreements
    • Contract brewing agreements
    • Agency / reselling agreements
    • Marketing arrangements
    • Private label agreements
    • Event hosting agreements

  • Security for payments
  • Intellectual property including trademarks, design registration, copyright etc.
  • Confidential Information
  • Lease arrangements
  • Acquisitions and disposals of breweries and equipment
  • Employment and contractor agreements
  • Local city planning permit / Development Approval (DA)
  • Waste water management and related agreements
  • Record keeping requirements such as material lists, recipe sheets, storage and fermentation records, packaged product register etc.
  • Financing and capital raising including private, public and crowdfunding
  • General corporate and commercial issues, including corporate governance

Wine Law

Ramsden Lawyers have an experienced team of wine lawyers who have accumulated extensive expertise in wine industry and viticulture legal matters.

Ramsden Lawyers are able to assist all wine industry participants including wineries, vineyards, cellar doors, winemakers, grape growers, wine merchants and industry suppliers.

We have experience advising in relation to a range of matters that effect the wine industry including:

  • Liquor licencing including wine producer licence, wine merchant licence, wholesaler / producer licencing
  • Equipment leasing for tanks, barrels / cooperage, cellar equipment, fermentation equipment, sorting and presses etc.
  • Labelling requirements and developments in legislation such as alcohol content, pregnancy labelling etc
  • E-commerce and website content such as warnings, licence disclosure and online sale requirements
  • Commercial contracts such as:
    • Supplier agreements
    • Distributor agreements
    • Agency / reselling agreements
    • Marketing arrangements
    • Private label agreements
    • Event hosting agreements

  • Security for payments
  • Intellectual property including trademarks, design registration, copyright etc.
  • Confidential Information
  • Lease arrangements
  • Acquisitions and disposals of wineries, vineyards and winery equipment
  • Employment and contractor agreements
  • Local city planning permit / Development Approval (DA)
  • Waste water management and related agreements such as water license and water sharing arrangements
  • Record keeping requirements such as material lists, recipe sheets, storage and fermentation records, packaged product register etc.
  • Financing and capital raising including private, public and crowdfunding
  • General corporate and commercial issues, including corporate governance
  • Dispute resolution including wine fraud and misleading and deceptive conduct

Distillery, Spirits and Liqueur law

Similar to the independent beer industry, the spirit and distilling industry has grown substantially in recent years.

Ramsden Lawyers have assisted a number of new and existing distilleries and producers of spirits and liqueurs.

We have experience advising in relation to a range of matters that effect the distilling industry including:

  • Liquor licencing including manufacture of excisable product licence, wholesaler / producer licencing
  • Equipment leasing for stills, vessels, barrels etc.
  • Labelling requirements and developments in legislation such as alcohol content, pregnancy labelling etc
  • E-commerce and website content such as warnings, licence disclosure and online sale requirements
  • Commercial contracts such as:
    • Supplier agreements
    • Distributor agreements
    • Agency / reselling agreements
    • Marketing arrangements
    • Private label agreements
    • Event hosting agreements

  • Security for payments
  • Intellectual property including trademarks, design registration, copyright etc.
  • Confidential Information
  • Lease arrangements
  • Acquisitions and disposals of distilleries and equipment
  • Employment and contractor agreements
  • Local city planning permit / Development Approval (DA)
  • Waste water management and related agreements
  • Record keeping requirements such as material lists, recipe sheets, storage and fermentation records, packaged product register etc.
  • Financing and capital raising including private, public and crowdfunding
  • General corporate and commercial issues, including corporate governance

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