FoodFinder South West

Trewithen Dairy

Lostwithiel-based Trewithen Dairy is one of Stephens Scown's longest serving food and drink clients and has been with the firm since the early 1980s. As part of its expansion programme, the company recently acquired Bradley's Dairy as a going concern.

"What we realised about two years ago is that we would need a range of legal services from a reliable and experienced firm and part of the arrangement with Stephens Scown was that they were able to provide expertise on a range of matters all in one place," says Bill Clarke, Managing Director of Trewithen Dairy.

James Keliher, Corporate Partner at Stephens Scown LLP assisted Trewithen with the acquisition of Bradley's, helping to negotiate and complete the business sale agreement.

Bill says that James understood the sensitivities around the negotiations, "Bradley's was a trusted vendor and completing the sale was different to one you might enter into with a larger vendor. We were grateful that James acted in such a professional and effective way."

Bill adds, "For us, it's all about clarity and trust; it's about knowing where you stand, particularly as we're a rapidly growing company. Working closely with one main point of contact at Stephens Scown allows us to understand what's happening with our legal advice right across the board and we can review this on a monthly basis.

"As a client, this is something that I recognise as being invaluable and helps us to manage the business in the most effective and efficient way. Having that legal advice on a range of matters is an important part of helping us to deal with the increase in business that we're seeing," he adds.

Stephens Scown has a specialist team of lawyers able to serve the needs of food and drink producers across the South West. The team are able to share knowledge, connections and experience across the three offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell. 

Head of the Food and Drink Team, Simon Gawler says: "We take the time to get to know our clients and we understand the issues they face. It means we can pool our knowledge and experience and be more proactive coming up with ways to help." 

James Keliher adds, "We're delighted that, as a firm, we were able to provide the expertise that Trewithen Dairy was looking for in one place. Advising on this particular commercial acquisition, as well as a whole range of other business and employment matters, means that we can provide the very best levels of service at all times for the client. 

Bill says he also appreciates knowing the costs involved in legal work up front, "Once we know these, we can concentrate on other things. I want someone to tell me when there might be an issue and know that we have clear milestones ahead that we're all working towards."

Trewithen Dairy, which currently employs over 90 members of staff, says its priority is maintaining excellent relationships with local dairy farmers and supplying top quality milk and cream to discerning customers across the South West. The company uses 100 per cent Cornish milk and counts Kelly's, Ginsters, Proper Cornish and WC Rowe amongst its customers.

Bill adds, "The acquisition of Bradleys was a marriage made in heaven because the alignment of the two businesses was immaculate. Most of the customers are small businesses and retailers that are very important to Trewithen. Our values fitted exactly with those of Bradley's. There were no difficult negotiations and we're tremendously excited to have gained this business - we will benefit significantly from the skills and experience the team at Bradley's will bring."

For more information about Trewithen Dairy, visit www.cornishfarmdairy.co.uk. James Keliher at Stephens Scown can be contacted on 01392 210700.