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Food & Drink

Our clients range from global brands to corporate manufacturers, to family producers, SMEs and start-ups. We’ll guide you through the legal complexities by providing succinct, strategic and commercial advice. We have the experience to overcome legal challenges and help you achieve your objectives.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

We can offer a wide range of advice including guidance on the many regulatory issues which affect the food and drink industry, advice on your commercial contracts and trading agreements, help with the arrangements surrounding buying, selling or leasing a property, assistance with protecting your intellectual property which is key to your brand, guidance when acquiring or disposing of a business and advice on employment issues affecting the sector.

Regulatory issues

Our lawyers advise on the ever-changing range of food and drink regulation, from product labelling, allergens, quality obligations, weights and measures, advertising, traceability and, more recently, the law on psychoactive substances. We provide assistance and guidance on how to deal with approaches from enforcement agencies, product recalls and similar.

Trading

We negotiate trading agreements for suppliers and customers alike. We listen to clients and build in the right provisions for them on service levels, product recalls, audit procedures, disaster recovery and monitoring, all to fit in with their product range - short or long life, ambient, chilled or frozen. 

We are experts in public procurement law.

Real estate

Our lawyers have a clear understanding of the rules relating to cleanliness, temperature control, waste disposal, pollution control, vehicle usage and noise in relation to food manufacturing and storage buildings. We ensure property documents reflect the commercial requirements and relevant statutory provisions, working closely with specialist surveyors, planners, engineers and other professionals.

Employment issues

Food and drink companies frequently consult us on employee issues, from the introduction of the National Living Wage, the apprenticeship levy to understanding how further legislation may affect them. This sector is coming under increased scrutiny and regulation on employment matters.

We can offer the clear, focused and up-to-date advice you need to ensure that your business is both compliant and well positioned to manage any employment issues.

Protecting your ideas

We have vast experience in providing up-to-date and accessible advice on how to enforce intellectual property rights to PLC’s and SME’s on safeguard their business. We regularly give advice on Trade marks, how to protect your product designs, Copyright and how to protect trade secrets, customer lists and price lists, all aspects of commercial agreements and negotiating complex software agreements. 

Protecting data

Our specialist data protection lawyers are recognised as being amongst the best in this technical area of law, they will draft the essential policies and procedures and train staff and managers on identifying and reducing the likelihood of data security breaches.

Licensing

We can assist with all aspects of licensing in the hospitality and leisure sector. We know that having the right licence for your business is crucial to its success, so whether you need a temporary events licence for that event you’re hosting, a brand new premises licence for a new pub or to ensure that your existing licence is up to date following changes to the way you operate, we can help.

If you encounter an issue with your licensing arrangements, we can advise how best to deal with the situation, to give you the best chance of being able to keep your licence on acceptable terms.

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If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to talk to us in more detail, please contact Sebastian Calnan or another of our food & drink specialist. We'd love to hear from you!

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