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Emma and Alex Watson

Laceys Solicitors advise Renais Spirits ahead of the launch of Renais Gin

17th May 2023 by Natasha Jones

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Leading Dorset Firm, Laceys Solicitors, has advised Renais Spirits, the brainchild of Alex Watson, ahead of the recent release of its flagship special edition Renais Gin, a distinctive and luxurious modern gin inspired by the people, produce and provenance of Chablis and Burgundy, two iconic wine regions in the north of France.

Natasha Jones, Partner in Laceys Corporate Commercial team ensured the correct agreements were put in place for initial investment, allowing Alex Watson and his fellow directors, Alex Maurice and Oliver Williams, to concentrate their efforts on the gin’s launch. 

Renais Gin first came about when Alex had the idea to upcycle French wine grapes that would have otherwise been thrown away, or turned into fertiliser, as flavouring for the gin. Aptly, the name “Renais” is derived from the French word “renaissance” and means rebirth. It is made with a base spirit crafted from grapes salvaged from the winemaking process, with the addition of pressed Grand Cru grapes, local terroir and a selection of natural botanicals.

The finished product is very much a family project, with some of the French wine grapes used to make the gin coming from the Domaine Watson vineyards in Chablis. Founders Alex Watson and his sister Emma Watson were inspired by childhood trips to their family’s vineyard in Chablis, which their father has operated for more than 30 years, while Alex’s expertise, formed over a decade working in the drinks industry, has informed the product’s production process. Emma is also an invaluable asset to the business, bringing previous experience as an investor in start-ups alongside providing creative support to the entrepreneurial endeavour.

The result is a bold and vibrant spirit with a truly incredible story and flavour profile, combining modernity and heritage in a beautiful bottle.

To find out more about Renais Gin please visit their website

If you would like any legal advice for your business, please contact our Corporate Commercial team on 01202 377800 or

Natasha Jones

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377866


Natasha Jones
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Natasha is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team and is an experienced corporate lawyer having qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and practiced in London for many years before relocating to Bournemouth in 2015.

Natasha has advised a range of businesses and individuals across different sectors and her practice focuses on acquisitions and disposals of both shares and assets, general banking work and in particular real estate and asset-based finance, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships.

Natasha aims to help her clients find solutions that best fit their business and future plans with a pragmatic and helpful manner.

Outside of work Natasha has two small children so ‘me time’ is a distant memory but Natasha does squeeze in the odd gym visit to help her complete in her first Pretty Muddy race for life this year! When not training, Natasha enjoys a good catch up with friends over a glass of wine.

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