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Food & Drink

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 with clients at 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 allergens, to which advertising claims can be made. We can also assist with recalls and working alongside you to put in place HACCP systems and policies to minimise the risk of the problem occurring again.

Notices, claims and prosecutions

When things don't quite go to plan we can be there for you. This could be providing an action plan for EHO, dealing with a food poisoning claim or supporting you to get the label you want for your product.

Retail

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 advice and sector understanding and expertise when dealing with finance and enterprise requirements. We advise businesses with their ongoing business needs, helping them achieve their commercial goals. This could be advising on bringing an investment on board, reorganising your business for a future sale or purchasing a complementary business.

Logistics

We can help you get your products from A to B, whether that is advising on a distribution contract, dealing with a dispute about delivery or assisting with workforce issues.

Specialisms

  • Food safety
  • Selling, buying or re-structuring a business
  • Workforce Issues
  • Product Recalls
  • Disputes
  • Leasing, selling or buying premises
  • AgriTech
  • Supply Chain Contracts
  • Imports and exports
  • Insolvent Suppliers
  • Labelling
  • Waste Management
  • Business Regulation

Relevant Experience

All relevant experience

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