About the Sponsors


Mathys & Squire

Mathys & Squire LLP is one of Europe’s most highly regarded intellectual property law firms. Founded in 1910, we have over 100 years of experience in the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights, leading the field with insight, innovation and quality. The firm has offices in London, Brighton, Cambridge, Luxembourg, Manchester, the Midlands, Munich, Oxford, Paris and York, as well as a team based in China, we are a full-service intellectual property firm with specialists in a range of technical fields. Members of our agri-tech team have extensive professional experience in the agri-tech field, as well as advanced academic degrees.

We have particular expertise in pesticide and herbicide chemistry, stress tolerance, plant developmental biology and transgenic plant technology, as well as considerable experience in plant variety right matters. We also have significant expertise in engineering, electronics, telecommunications and software, including in respect of automated control systems, as applicable to agricultural vehicles and storage and processing facilities. As well as this, our attorneys are able to advise on large-scale food processing techniques, such as in the dairy industry. 


Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals. Our food and beverage team offer a full suite of legal services and provide strategic advice to meet the needs of our clients across a wide range of matters. We truly understand their markets, businesses and strategic aspirations.  Our international reach means we can offer multinational food and beverage companies a fully managed and controlled service across the countries they operate in.