With the vast impact of the horsemeat scandal throughout the supply chain, the limitations on the way foods can be marketed with health or nutrition claims, the growing concerns about origin and sourcing of ingredients and food labelling law changing completely from December 2014, the pace of change in the food sector has never been so fast.

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Our specialist team works with the food sector throughout the supply chain - from farm to fork, across the EU and beyond - supporting new entrants as well as household names.  

Offering a full range of legal services to the food sector, our legal team includes many lawyers who have been seconded to leading food businesses. This gives us the unique insight of understanding the issues that really matter, allowing us to focus on protecting your brand. 

We are trusted advisors, whether it is from guiding corporate deals to grow your portfolio or dealing with regulatory challenges such as those faced by Iceland during the Horsemeat Scandal. When clients want to launch new products in the EU they turn to us to support them with advice on managing their brand across all member states. From our in-house GSCOP experts to making the most of the opportunities of e-com, we have the experience throughout your supply chain to support you and turn your challenges into opportunity. 

We are always at the centre of the major issues. Our relationships with regulators and key influencers ensure we deliver bigger picture solutions. During the horsemeat scandal we supported clients appearing at Parliamentary Select Committees and dealing with regulators - working with them to investigate and enhance the legal strength of their supply chain. We were even asked contribute to the Elliott Review, commissioned by the Government.

Whatever your needs, you can rely on us to direct you clearly. We anticipate, understand and challenge the legal framework whilst staying focused on business growth and your commercial needs.

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How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of services and products for food.

Some of our experts

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.

Paul Attwood


I advise on a full range of commercial legal agreements, including agency, distribution, logistics, outsourcing, IT, licensing and co-packing arrangements. I also advise on aspects of intellectual property law and competition law.


What does the ‘Future of Food’ look like?

The DWF & Raconteur ‘Future of Food’ report combines DWF's legal expertise with insights from some of the UK's top retailers. Essential reading for everyone involved in delivering growth in food manufacturing.

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