Andrew Park is a UK commercial lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in legal practice. He qualified as a solicitor in 1978, and set up APP Law in 1994.
Initially Andrew dealt with a broad range of company, commercial and litigation work. In 1995 he took on one of the first compensation cases for a UK wine importer under the EU Commercial Agents Directive. He became interested in the wine trade, and the complex, cross-border legal problems it gives rise to.
Since then Andrew has carved out a niche as a specialist adviser to businesses involved in the UK and EU wine and spirits trades – one of few UK lawyers with such expertise.
Andrew has operated as a solo since 1994. He has no plans to change this. It enables him to guarantee that every client receives a one-to-one personal service, and ensure that every piece of work is done to the highest possible standard.
Legal work for the wine and spirits trade
Andrew works mainly for producers in the major wine-producing countries who export to the UK and/or the EU. Most of that work relates to:
- Agency, Distribution and Other Contracts
- Brands, Joint Ventures and IP
- Alcohol Regulatory Matters
- Termination, Compensation and Dispute Resolution
Andrew advises foreign producers of spirits and other alcoholic drinks in connection with their UK and EU trading activities and regulatory matters. He has also worked for UK importers and others involved in the UK wine & spirits trade. See Wine & Spirits Trade Law.
Publications and associations
Andrew is a member of the International Wine Lawyers Association (aka the AIDV), and the contributor of the UK chapter to its forthcoming guide to the rules and regulations governing the production and commercialisation of wine and spirits throughout the world.
He has also written numerous articles for both wine trade and legal publications. Here are some examples.
APP Law is a member of the UK Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).
Other kinds of work
“In Italy we often use the term ‘Avvocatense’ which roughly translates to ‘lawyer speak’: the deliberately complex and confusing language that lawyers often use. I’m pleased to say that Andrew did not use ‘Avvocatense’; he explained everything very clearly about our legal position and our range of options.” Read the full testimonial
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