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Getting food and drink law right isn’t just a case of responding to the problems as they happen.

We’re known for taking a proactive approach to working in this sector, delivering insight and sound legal expertise to UK and international household names.

There’s a reason that we’re known as one of the leading law firms in the UK, with expertise in food and drink law. We think you should be able to take our broad and deep sector knowledge as read. What sets us apart is that we’ve taken the time to listen to our clients. To put ourselves in your shoes and find out what really matters. That’s how we’re able to answer your questions and deal with your issues better than anyone else – providing an experience that simply can’t be matched.

Our food and drink clients range from international drinks manufacturers to national food retailers. We’re proud of our commitment to providing prompt, practical, actionable advice. Our experience spans the whole process, from advertising, marketing, food hygiene, safety and product launches through to labelling, policy, strategic advice, supply chain issues, as well as the research & development process. We’re even there, by your side, in managing prosecutions, civil claims and recalls.

What matters most is that we’re able to back all this up with a proven track record and active role in the industry. With membership of various industry bodies and trade associations, including the British Retail Consortium and the British Hospitality Association, our team of legal experts helps to formulate policy and future legislation. We make it our business to proactively engage in the consultation process on proposed new and forthcoming legislation. We want to make it easy for our clients to do business and that means not only responding to the law, but using our experience to shape it.

"A strong focus on the non-contentious food law. Well known for offering practical advice on a vast range of food product liability issues, including marketing, safety, research and development”.

Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2013

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What we do

  • Labelling and packaging
  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Policy and strategic advice
  • Supply chain issues
  • Defence of prosecutions and civil/commercial claims.

Examples of work

Labelling and Packaging

  • Advising a major supermarket chain on strategy and tactics in response to threatened proceedings for breaches of the Food Labelling Regulations following the sale of out of date products.

Food Hygiene and Safety

  • Advising clients in various sectors including education, charity and hospitality on food hygiene issues, and potential and actual prosecutions, ranging from food poisoning to breaches of hygiene improvement notices.

Advertising and Marketing

  • Advising Carlsberg on the brand name, logo, branding and imagery as well as the TV and other advertising copy and concept for its launch of Somersby Cider.

Policy and Strategic Advice

  • Official partner of the British Hospitality Association, tasked with developing industry guidance on the requirement to provide allergen information on non-pre-packed food under the EU Food Information for Consumer Regulation.

Supply Chain Issues

  • Advising a food business operator and a trade association on food supply chain issues, including food fraud counter-measures and traceability issues.

Our clients include: J Sainsbury PLC, Colgate-Palmolive, Fentimans, Carlsberg, British Hospitality Association, Barts Spices.