Food & Beverage


Our international team, led by Mark Abell, comprises dedicated lawyers who combine leading legal expertise with a genuine understanding of the dynamics, issues and opportunities prevalent in the food and beverage sector.

We work with clients across the food & beverage sector from 'field to fork', including agro-science and bio-tech companies, processors, manufacturers, supply chain logistics companies and distributors, through to supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and bars.

We advise our food & beverage clients on a full range of issues, from research and development; production, processing and brewing; packaging, bottling and labelling; through to employee issues; advertising and marketing; international expansion; brand diversification; supply chain, logistics and distribution; the use and impact of technology; labelling and regulatory compliance; and dispute resolution and avoidance.

The Group comprises experienced lawyers in all of our offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, all of whom have a detailed understanding of the sector and its challenges, as well as first-rate skills in a full range of legal services tailored to businesses active in the food and beverage sector.

Food & Beverage Regulatory

Our Food & Beverage Regulatory team, led by Nicolas Carbonnelle, boasts some of the world’s leading regulatory lawyers, many of whom have long-standing relationships with European and national regulators and a superb network in political, economic and management circles.

Our expertise and advice covers all phases of the product life cycle. In terms of food production, we advise on regulation relating to ingredients sourced from parts of the world different from those where the product is manufactured and consumed. We also advise on regulatory requirements in respect of labelling and packaging rules, as well as advertising, commercial contracts and litigation.

We work with our clients to develop strategies for resolving regulatory changes, managing relationships with regulators and, where possible, help achieve regulatory clarification from national, regional or local governments. As these are increasingly cross-border in nature, our international network of practitioners help to advise on all regulatory issues faced by the industry across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Key areas of advice include: 

  • Feed and farming 
  • Food contact materials 
  • Food supplements 
  • Novel food
  • Labelling and claims
  • Food safety 

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