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Product Liability: Food

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What the team is known for

Acts on high-profile product liability disputes for clients in the food industry, as well as advising on regulatory issues and global compliance. Noteworthy experience in dealing with claims of contamination. Frequently advises on cross-border matters, with notable expertise in EU law. Clients include major food retailers, confectioners, alcoholic and soft drinks manufacturers and dining establishments. Offers niche expertise in providing regulatory and risk management advice to non-traditional food businesses, such as online grocery retail and restaurant delivery services.

Strengths

Interviewees value that "they are approachable, speedy and comprehensive in their responses," adding: "They think closely about specific client needs and get straight to the issue."

Sources say: "They are well known in the food space and are experts in regulatory compliance."

Clients highlight: "They are excellent and very supportive."

Work highlights

Successfully defended a health spa in a prosecution brought by West Sussex Council Trading Standards alleging sale of products with undeclared allergens and breaches of consumer protection legislation.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Watkins 's highly regarded practice incorporates an impressive scope of regulatory compliance, investigations and litigation. He is instructed by a comprehensive range of clients from the food and beverage industry, including national supermarkets, manufacturers and retailers.
"He is very well thought of across the industry. He is a very clear, competent and considered lawyer."

Hilary Ross maintains a leading reputation for her work across the gamut of food law matters. She draws on extensive regulatory experience to advise an enviable client roster in the UK and continental Europe. She is highly attuned to the needs of emerging food entities entering the market, and handles a variety of labelling issues.
"She is a superb leader, very supportive and responsive." "She's approachable, collaborative and goes out of her way to assist clients."

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Overview

Led by high profile partners Dominic Watkins and Hilary Ross, DWF's Product Liability Food department is known for finding solutions and solving problems to achieve things that others say can't be done.  We are often at the centre of issues that change the sector and push boundaries of the law to find solutions for technology platforms.

Find out more about DWF's food sector here: https://www.dwf.law/en/Sectors/Food

Product Liability: Food Department

DWF

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Capital House

85 King William Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC4N 7BL

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Product Liability: Food


Dominic Watkins
Band 1
Hilary Ross
Star Individuals