Food and Drink Industry Legal Services

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 60 years, advising fresh and chilled food businesses and helping them achieve profitable relationships with their supermarket clients.

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.

Our team brings together corporate, litigation, tax and property lawyers with extensive experience, meaning that clients always receive advice from someone who knows the sector and the key issues.

Some of the work we have been involved in:

  • Working with our clients on a multi-million pound hop dispute with one of the world’s largest brewers.
  • Helping a group of producers develop and license a brand for their products so they can approach the multiples with a complete added value package.
  • Investment into a food business by a third party.
  • Working with suppliers to some of the UK’s largest on-line businesses on detailed contract agreements.
  • Helping clients meet ethical standards and dealing with issues arising from supermarket audits.
  • Handling a dispute over the value of in-field crops by multiples.
  • Formation of the majority of the UK’s Producer Organisations.
  • Retention of title claim on a product being mixed with others.
  • UK due diligence support to a US food group on the acquisition of an overseas owned UK food group
  • The disposal of several privately owned food producers
  • Advising a UK company on a dispute involving crops grown overseas for sale in a third country
  • Representing a large private equity owned UK food group on six acquisitions and disposals

How we can help:

  • Health, safety and hygiene regulations
  • 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
  • Breeder agreements
  • Managing customer and supplier relations
  • Traceability issues and COSSH
  • Supermarket protocols and grocery supply codes
  • Competition issues
  • Intellectual property
  • 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
  • Jurisprudence in cross border issues

Our memberships

  • Tastes of Anglia is the Anglia region’s food and drink marketing group, supporting member producers, outlets, and service providers - communicating all the latest news and events to the trade. Their primary aim is to promote the interests of their enthusiastic membership of high quality local food and drink producers, independent retail and catering businesses, affiliate service providers, major wholesalers and multiple retailers.
  • We are a member of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) The BFFF is the UK's frozen food trade association with over 300 members covering the complete cold chain of supply. Members include importers, brokers, producers, wholesalers, retailers and associates - companies like Roythornes who offer specialist services to the industry. The total frozen food market is now worth around £7.5 Billion in both retail and foodservice.
  • Roythornes is also a member of the Fresh Produce Consortium. The FPC is the trade association for the fresh produce and floral sector in the UK. Membership covers every area of the industry spectrum including wholesalers, importers, packers, processors, food service, retailers freight handlers.
  • The Artisan Food Trail offers producers a unique and affordable on-line web presence that is rich in features within a web site set to become the country's biggest, most comprehensive on-line resource of artisan producers available. Roythornes is a member of the Trail and advises members via a free legal helpline.
  • Select Lincolnshire is a group aimed at promoting the wide range of quality produce from Lincolnshire. Roythornes works closely with Select Lincolnshire on a number of projects, and supplies the legal helpline for their members.
  • The Food & Drink Forum works with a range of organisations throughout the East Midlands to provide support, training, advice, information, and development opportunities to firms in the food and drink sector. Roythornes has been a member of the Forum for a number of years, and provides the legal helpline for its members.

To find out more

If you would like to find out more, speak to any member of the Food and Drink team.

Follow our Food and Drink team on Twitter: @Roythornes_Food

Sarah Banner
01775 842665
07710 702146
Energy, Agricultural Estates, Agricultural Property, Charities, Court of Protection, Food and Drink, Private Client, Wealth Management, Wills and Probate
Peter Cusick
01775 842659
07710 708054
Energy, Agricultural Property, Dispute Resolution, Environment, Food and Drink, Litigation, Water and Flood Management
Martin Jinks
01775 842636
07796 675256
Energy, Construction and Engineering, Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink, Healthcare
Edd Johnson
01159 454426
07590 182636
Energy, Commercial Property, Food and Drink
Tim Russ
01775 842542
Notary, Agricultural Estates, Agricultural Property, Business Rescue and Insolvency, Charities, Dispute Resolution, Food and Drink, Litigation
Julia Seary
01775 842573
Charities, Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink
Peter Seary
01775 842641
07834 178664
International Trade, Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink
Mike Matthews
01775 842606
07788 973943
Energy, Charities, Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink, Healthcare
Rebecca Quick
01775 842647
Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink
Lizzie Walters
Solicitor and Notary Public
01775 842640
Notary, Corporate and Commercial, Food and Drink

Food team staff order

  • Peter Cusick
  • ​Martin Jinks
  • Peter Seary
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