The Legal Affairs Department (LAD), with its five lawyers and
three support staff, is primarily responsible for the protection of
the Scotch Whisky trade.
The Legal Affairs Department's three main
- To act as the guardian of the regulatory framework
- To stop infringements of the laws relating to Scotch
- To provide advice to members and non-members on compliance with
The Legal Affairs Department (LAD) does not carry out
brand protection - that is the responsibility of brand
LAD's responsibility is to stop any
mis-representation that states or suggests a whisky is Scotch
Whisky, or comes from Scotland, when that isn't the case.
It also protects the industry from general forms of
unfair competition to help ensure there is a level playing field
between all brands sold as whisky, whatever the origin.
There are many ways to market a spirit to suggest that it is Scotch Whisky when, in fact, it’s not. Read More
Scotland-related names and devices
Local producers using names or devices associated with ScotlandRead More
Using misleading references to Scotch Whisky.Read More
Brands & Labels
Use of the same brand name or label for both a Scotch Whisky and a different type of whisky or spirit.Read More
Use of descriptions such as “Scotch like” and “Scotch style”.Read More
The Language of Scotch
Use of the English language and absence of a clear indication of origin.Read More
Misleading Use of 'Whisky'
Misleading use of the description “whisky”Read More