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 EHO.
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 clients 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 team is nationally recognised for the quality of its advice, its sector understanding and expertise when assisting businesses with their finance and enterprise requirements. This could be advising you regarding bringing an investment on board, reorganising your business for a future sale or purchasing a complementary business.
- Food safety and product liability
- Supply chain contracts
- Brand protection and exploitation
- Imports and exports
- Purchasing, selling or reorganising your business
- Product recalls
- Commercial disputes including prosecutions by the EHO
- Insolvent suppliers
- Agriculture technology
- Leasing, purchasing and selling premises
- Beer, wine and spirits
- Waste management
- Business risk and regulation - policy review and gap analysis
- Workforce issues
- Debt recovery and disputed debts
- Reputation management
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