Our food industry team comprises a group of specialists who are experienced in all aspects of the law relating to the food industry sector.

We act for clients across a number of areas in relation to matters including business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and more specifically, advise on food legislation and the laws and regulations that are specific to those involved in farming and production, processing, distribution, wholesale and retail, packaging and labelling of food and food-related products.

Our team’s expertise covers the following areas:

  • acquisitions and disposals
  • food and drugs law
  • trading standards
  • transport and logistics
  • licensing
  • environmental regulation
  • health and safety
  • HR issues arising within the food environment
  • branding  
  • competition law
  • property law and landlord and tenant matters
  • disputes.

Our team acts for those in the food and related industries in relation to acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, MBIs, corporate lending, restructuring and refinancing and new ventures.

We advise on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters including representing clients at the Employment Tribunal, advising on matters including redundancy and re-organisation, as well as advising on TUPE transfers.

After staff costs, property frequently represents the second largest cost of any business. At the production end of the chain, it is also capable of representing one of the major assets and is vital whether it represents the location or source of production, or provides the facility by which raw materials become a finished product. We can help your business from the purchase of a new site or facility through to exiting a lease commitment or disposing of surplus land.

Our Corporate Criminal Defence team specialises in all aspects of regulatory law and corporate crime, with particular expertise in food and drug law, health and safety, environmental regulation and trading standards. We have advised on Food Standard Agency prosecutions as well as advising food producers on issues such as waste management, health and safety, operator's licences and environmental matters.

We provide trade mark portfolio management and trade mark watching services for a number of clients across a range of industry sectors. Some of our clients have a considerable number of trade marks across a varied number of territories within the UK and internationally.