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Food and Drink Solicitors

The food and drink industry is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly complex. Our solicitors can provide expert assistance, ensuring your business meets its goals and sidesteps any potential issues.

We are one of  the only law firms in the country that provides such a wide range of services to the food sector backed up by practical, hands-on experience in the food industry.

The UK food and drink market is hugely important to the economy and is closely watched by an international audience keen to learn from this country's innovative ideas. The export market continues to grow to meet the worldwide demand for UK products.

Food and drink companies operate in a very challenging environment and never more than in the recent Covid-19 pandemic. The sector is highly competitive and regulated, and surges in commodity prices, coupled with pressure from retailers to keep prices low, have resulted in manufacturers being squeezed hard. This has affected product development and innovation, which is a major issue as new products are regarded as the lifeblood of the sector in the UK.

Food and drink is a volatile market, and there have been many acquisitions and much consolidation in recent years. At the same time, UK consumers are becoming a lot more demanding about quality, sustainability and issues of provenance and traceability. What’s more, people’s shopping habits have altered dramatically, with e-commerce and home delivery becoming ever more important.

The pandemic saw a dramatic, but short-term fall-off in the food service sector, whilst ordering online and eating at home soared in popularity. This caused food companies to have a major rethink about the suitability of products, pack sizes, temperature control, methods of distribution and the availability of labour. It has come along with a significant move towards meat-free, sugar/salt/saturated fat reduction and general concerns about the environment.

The conclusion of the Brexit transition period at the end of 2020 has presented a whole range of other challenges for UK farmers and the food industry as a whole. Rollits spend a lot of time talking to farmers, fish processors and senior executives in food manufacture and distribution to understand the issues first-hand and be able to offer informed advice.

The Yorkshire and Humber region, through its rich farming lands, fishing heritage and proximity to major ports, has become a leading location in the food and drink sector, and Rollits is proud to play a part in its success.

  • “When working in partnership with Rollits, as I do for many projects and campaigns, I trust them to give me an honest response on every occasion. They are genuine in their passion for the city, region and its prosperity, and self-interest is always over-shadowed by their desire to prioritise community, and opportunity for the next generation. I feel that Rollits always strive to make a difference on projects and partnerships of all scales.”

  • “J R Rix & Sons Ltd are a diverse company with business interests that span fuel distribution, manufacturing holiday homes, cars sales and property. Rollits are professional and approachable and we have great confidence in the wide range of legal advice that they have provided us with for many years.”

    Rory Clarke - Managing Director, J. R. Rix & Sons Ltd

Our food and drink law expertise

Our food and drink lawyers have expertise in matters including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Intellectual property
  • Commercial contracts
  • Regulatory
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment law

Get in touch with our food and drink law solicitors today

To discuss your corporate law requirements, get in touch with our specialist corporate lawyers. From our offices in both Hull and York, we support clients in the region and the North of England, as well as across the rest of the UK.

Call us in Hull on 01482 323239 or in York on 01904 625790. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form and one of our lawyers will get back to you.

Our food and drink law services

Our solicitors can guide you through the process of mergers and acquisitions for food and drink businesses. We will provide our guidance on the potential risks, assist with reviewing and negotiating contracts, agreements, including purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, and employment contracts and ensure the terms and conditions are in your best interests.

We can also provide post-merger advice to ensure everything has been efficiently done.

Intellectual property sometimes referred to as IP, plays a significant part in food and drink businesses, being a crucial asset and often an identifying factor for the brand. Ensuring your IP rights are protected is crucial for the best chance of business success.

Our solicitors can provide invaluable advice, ensuring your IP is correctly managed and protected from infringement. We can provide guidance on registering trademarks, drafting robust licensing agreements and distribution agreements and enforcing IP rights where they have been infringed.

Food and drink businesses often need robust contracts put in place with suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and other organisations in relation. To ensure the success of your business and protect your interests in the best possible way, acquiring advice and guidance from an experienced solicitor is essential.

At Rollits Solicitors, our team can provide expert assistance with putting strong foundations in place for the success of your business, including sound commercial contracts that best reflect your interests and should negotiations on terms and interests be necessary, we can guide you through the process.

There are circumstances where you may be faced with a breach of contract, and we can guide you through such matters, ensuring they are quickly resolved in the most appropriate manner, whether that be via alternative dispute resolution or court litigation.

When you instruct our team, we will ensure you are aware of the regulatory laws surrounding food and drink. We will guide you through consultations, and the application processes, and will always ensure that you and your business are in full compliance with the relevant legislation.

Should you face regulatory issues, such as food safety, our team will guide you through interviews under caution and, should matters escalate, provide expert preparation and representation during the trial.

Our food and drink regulatory lawyers can provide sound advice and support on  many matters, including food safety legislation and health & safety:

Disputes can occur for a number of reasons in relation to food and drink, including breach of contract, product liability, intellectual property disputes, and regulatory non-compliance. Seeking the guidance of a solicitor at the earliest opportunity can ensure matters are quickly resolved and help prevent an impact on your business.

Our solicitors always encourage clients to seek an amicable resolution where possible. We can guide you through strategic out-of-court methods, including negotiation and mediation. Should the matter be more complex to resolve, we will guide you through court proceedings, assisting with preparing a strong argument and representation during the hearing.

Business leaders have a responsibility to correctly follow employment law. Our employment solicitors have a wide range of experience working with large organisations, public limited companies, SMEs, and startups in the food and drink sector.

Our specialist employment law specialists provide straightforward advice, to make sure clients understand the relevant legal processes, with no room for confusion on a wide range of matters, such as disciplinary procedures; employment contracts and policies; recruitment; redundancy; TUPE; Employment tribunal claims; employee capability procedures; flexible working and discrimination.

Why choose our food and drink group lawyers?

The food group team have built a fantastic reputation across Hull, York and the surrounding Yorkshire communities thanks to their capabilities and knowledge in a range of legal matters affecting the food and drink sector.

At Rollits Solicitors, our friendly and approachable team are devoted to providing a welcoming service throughout, ensuring your business needs are met.

With more than 180 years of legal expertise to back us, you can be confident that when you work with our team, you’ll be receiving a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill in all types of business matters, including those regarding food and drink law.

To ensure our lawyers provide the best possible service to each client we take the time to understand your situation and the challenges of the business, allowing us to provide an entirely bespoke service tailored to your needs. Our advice and guidance is communicated in clear English without confusing legal jargon.

Our food and drink law services’ fees

At Rollits Solicitors we believe in providing fees that reflect the fully comprehensive service we provide to clients. We recognise that legal fees can be daunting and will always provide a clear cost estimation so you can budget accordingly.

When you instruct our specialist team, our fees will be based on the circumstances of your case and the level of support you require.

For more information on our food and drink legal fees, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Speak with our food and drink solicitors today

To discuss your food  and drink  issues, get in touch with our specialist lawyers. From our offices in both Hull and York, we support clients in the region and the North of England, as well as across the rest of the UK.

Call us in Hull on 01482 323239 or in York on 01904 625790. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form and one of our lawyers will get back to you.