Independent family-owned Scottish distillers William Grant & Sons has today reached an agreement with Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd, which resolves the long-running litigation between them relating to the use by Glen Catrine of the name “Grant’s”.

Glen Catrine will be prevented from using the “Grant’s” name including on its gin and vodka products which must now be rebranded, using an agreed name other than “Grant’s,” not later than 30 April 2003.

A final appeal by Glen Catrine to the House of Lords, which was due to be heard on 11 and 12 November 2002, is being withdrawn, and the agreement brings to an end the litigation which began in 1992.

William Grant & Sons’ group managing director Patrick Thomas said: “We have consistently maintained in this litigation that we have the right to protect our brand name "Grant's" and our position has been upheld by the Court of Session in decisions which will not now be challenged on appeal. The agreement means that Glen Catrine will re-brand under a new name within the agreed period of time. We will now put this litigation behind us and continue to develop our Grant’s brand, moving forward.”

As part of the agreement, William Grant & Sons will recover a significant contribution from Glen Catrine towards litigation expenses.

The case began in 1992. In 1999, Lord Cameron of Lochbroom held that Glen Catrine had been passing off its gin and vodka products as those of William Grant & Sons Ltd and granted an interdict against further passing off. The appeal by Glen Catrine against that decision to the Inner House of the Court of Session was unsuccessful and they marked a final appeal to the House of Lords, which is now being withdrawn.