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The Distillers Law and Information Training Event 2017

TLT are hosting a one-of-a-kind event for Scottish distillers, in what is thought to be the first distillers law and training event of its kind in Scotland.

Join us for a full day of insightful presentations and topical debates led by TLT's top distillery experts and some of Scotland's best distillers. You will also have the opportunity to hear industry and trade views , as well as specialist advice for distillers on licensing, trademarks, employment, renewables and more, to help you ensure distilling business success.

Event details

Time: 09.30 - 17:45, followed by refreshments and networking

Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Venue: Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

This essential event for Scotland's distillery industry is free to attend.

To register your attendance, please click here.


  • 09.30: Registration and refreshments
  • 10.00: Chairman's overview 
    Niall Hassard, TLT LLP
  • 10.15: Setting the scene for Scottish distilling 
    Professor Alan G. Wolstenholme, Chairman, Scottish Craft Distillers Association
  • 10.30: Licensing - Pop-ups & start-ups 
    Caroline Loudon, TLT LLP 
  • 10.55: HMRC perils & pitfalls 
    Paul Cochrane, Johnston Carmichael
  • 11.20: Refreshments break
  • 11.40: Distilling, biofuel and renewable opportunities 
    Richard Turnbull, TLT LLP  
  • 12.00: The social enterprise economy 
    Christopher Thewlis, Ginerosity and Beer for Good CIC
  • 12.20: State of the sector - Scotch whisky 
    David Williamson, Director of Public Affairs and Communication, Scotch Whisky Association
  • 12.45: Lunch 
  • 13.30: Making your mark: Trade mark dos and don'ts for distillers 
    Jo Pritchard, TLT LLP  
  • 14.10: Dedication to innovation 
    Paul Miller, Eden Mill
  • 14.40: Employment law for distillers 
    Avoiding the pitfalls - Jonathan Rennie, TLT LLP 
  • 15.00: International markets 
    Jen Gammell, Pickering's Gin
  • 15.25: Refreshments break
  • 15.40: Distilleries and the Scottish economy
    James Withers, CEO, Scotland Food & Drink
  • 16.05: The vodka market in Scotland 
    Adam Hunter, Arbikie
  • 16.25: Funding distilleries – Start ups and expansions 
    Adam Harvie, Johnston Carmichael
  • 16.45: Question time and panel debate
    Hosted by Niall Hassard (TLT LLP), with Doug Bairner (Lone Wolf Spirits), Blair Bowman (Founder of World Whisky Day), Mike Aikman (Seawolf Rum), Liam Hughes (Glasgow Distillery Co.), and Paul Reynolds (Gin 71)
  • 17.15: Hosted tasting 
    Blair Bowman, Whisky Consultant
  • 17.45: Refreshments and networking 

Please click here to register for the event.

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