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In this highly competitive, constantly evolving industry, a legal team that understands your business is a powerful asset. At Roythornes, we have been serving the food community for over 80 years, advising food and drink businesses and helping them achieve profitable relationships with their customers.

Our field-to-fork understanding has given us an exceptional reputation across the industry. We understand the pressures our clients face, so we go beyond pure legal advice, sharing our expertise and drawing on our contacts to help you go from strength to strength.

From crisis management and contract disputes to negotiating corporate transactions, our Food and Drink team focuses on the key issues to help clients achieve their objectives.

How we can help

  • M&A work for food sector businesses
  • Regulatory advice
  • Organic criteria and claims
  • Workforce issues, working time, foreign and agency labour
  • Producer groups and cooperatives
  • Managing customer and supplier relations
  • Supermarket protocols and grocery supply codes
  • Competition issues
  • CIF/FOB insurance claims for goods in transit
  • Retention of title claims
  • Development agreements for new food products including fruits
  • Import licences for the importation of produce varieties into the UK

Food Regulatory Law

As a specialist agricultural law firm, Roythornes has acted for food businesses for over 80 years.  During this time, we have developed unrivalled expertise that is acknowledged nationally by our clients and peers.

The law places the onus on all food business operators to achieve compliance with detailed and complex regulations.  The consequences of failing to comply can include significant financial penalties, reputational damage, and even custodial sentences.

Led by Hannah Leese, our specialist team can help to guide you through this difficult and often confusing regulatory landscape.  We understand the food industry and are committed to providing you with the best advice which is tailored to your individual needs.  We act for a wide range of clients including primary producers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers.

We can advise you on

  • Informal advice and warnings
  • Formal enforcement letters
  • Remedial Action Notices
  • Hygiene Improvement Notices
  • Detention Notices
  • CCTV notices
  • Welfare Enforcement Notices
  • Appealing decisions by the Food Standard Agency to suspend or revoke Certificates of Competence
  • Interview Under Caution
  • Criminal Prosecutions
  • Appealing approval decisions by the Food Standards Agency
  • Challenging unlawful action by the Food Standards Agency or DEFRA

For further information on the team and how they can help, visit their website here.

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