The food sector is a fast moving and exciting place to be. We work alongside you from farm to fork and all the stages in between. We work alongside clients within all stages of the food cycle including producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers.
Food is legally any substance or product, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed, intended to be or reasonably expected to be ingested by humans - so a pretty wide definition.
We help you in a proactive way by providing advice before you make, label, supply, sell or advertise your products and also in a reactive way when things don't quite go to plan such as when a product recall is needed or you need a hand with a notice received from the local BEHO.
We have listed our key areas below; however please do ask if your query is not listed as we have come across most things from mice infestations to dodgy claims on packaging.
Produce & products
We help food and drink producers with all aspects of the production process from food hygiene, to the rules regarding food of animal origin to food information and which allergens have to be listed on the label or which advertising claims can be made. We can assist with recalls and working alongside you to put in place HACCP systems and policies to minimise the risk of the problem occurring again.
We benefit from specific sector knowledge to help reduce risks, nurture growth and support them in developing strategies for success. We have retail clients that represent over 2000 outlets and £300+ billion turnover. Our retail experience is enhanced by lawyers whose day-to-day work supports nationally known retailers such as Majestic Wines and Subway franchisees.
Finance and Enterprise
Our Technology Team is nationally recognised for the quality of its advice, its sector understanding and expertise when assisting businesses in dealing with their IT requirements. Whether it is advising a supplier or a customer, the team will be able to assist you on not only identifying potential problems but also in finding the best way of overcoming them.
- Food safety and product liability
- Supply chain contracts
- Brand protection and exploitation
- Imports and exports
- Sale and purchase and reorganisations of food and drink businesses
- Product recalls
- Commercial disputes including prosecutions by the EHO
- Insolvent suppliers
- Agri tech
- Leasing and purchasing / selling premises
- Beer, wine and spirits
- Waste management
- Business risk and regulation - policy review and gap analysis
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