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If you are running a consumer goods business, you understand the importance of following the law and regulations relating to your industry.

However, with the constantly evolving legal landscape, it can be difficult to keep up and ensure that you are complying with all relevant law and regulations. That’s where we can help.

Our teams of consumer goods lawyers specialise in providing legal services to consumer good businesses, whether that’s manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers or retailers. Our team of experienced lawyers has a deep understanding of the legal issues facing businesses like yours and we are dedicated to helping you navigate the complex legal landscape.

We can advise you on everything from employment matters, commercial contracts, advertising regulations and property matters to dispute resolution, debt recovery, intellectual property and trademarks, and everything in-between.

Whatever your needs, if you operate in the consumer goods sector, trust our expert team; we’re here to help.

Work we have done

  • Acting for many FMCG and clothing brands in relation to commercial collaborations, licensing and commercial partnerships including in respect of design and promotional activities and initiatives.
  • Acting for a listed soft drinks manufacturer on a range of commercial contracts including brand licence agreements, agreements for provision of in-store equipment and contracts for the provision of logistics and customer services.
  • Acting for a multinational retailer on promotional campaign clearance work, including TV sponsorship deals, ASA issues, prize draws, promotions, POS material advice and advice on comparative advertising.
  • Supporting many household name brands in respect of their relationships and collaborations with brand ambassadors and all resulting advertising, media and publicity issues.
Competition law
  • Advising a national retailer in relation to the procurement of outsourced document management.
  • Providing advice on a wide range of regulatory issues to several large FMCG/consumer goods companies including in respect of product safety and liability, consumer law and compliance planning and Advertising Standards and CAP Code advice/compliance.
  • Acting in respect of franchising arrangements, including acting for a major UK franchisee.
  • Acting for various retailers in relation to the recruitment of non-British nationals as well as providing general employment advice.
  • Advising a clothes retailer on changes to terms and conditions affecting hundreds of employees across the business, defending claims of discrimination against the organisation and acting as a sounding board for strategic HR matters across the business.
Property and construction
  • Acting for a food retailer on the acquisition of a number of stores from a major UK supermarket.
  • Advising a national bakery retailer on all aspects of its property portfolio.
  • Advising a household name retailer on the long-term outsourcing of its warehousing, logistics and haulage requirements.
  • Advising a national retailer in connection with the negotiation and agreement of a phased Remedial Works Agreement for a multi-million pound remediation.

Contact a specialist

Susan Honeyands

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3421

+44 (0) 784 525 6490

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Neil Smith

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3536

+44 (0)773 846 1919

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Phil Parker

Director | Property Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3522

+44 (0) 779 331 0777

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Charlotte Nuttall

Director | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3148

+44 (0) 754 330 8483

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Andrew Thirlwall

Managing Associate | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3509

+44 (0) 787 485 4106

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What people say

  • The corporate and commercial team are engaging, proactive and approachable and work collaboratively and in a one team manner

    Legal 500, client quote
  • The team inspires us with confidence and encourages us to grow and think differently, providing beyond legal support and exceptional levels of service

    Legal 500, client quote
  • We were a new introduction to the firm after acquisition of a UK based subsidiary. The team have made us feel extremely welcome and have facilitated various pieces of work for us. I would be very happy to recommend Ward Hadaway to my contacts for all legal work.

    Finance Director, EMEA, Global sport retail business
  • We very much enjoy having Ward Hadaway as our legal partners. They are extremely competent, but are also able to deliver their advice in a practical and down-to earth manner.

    Managing Director, Retail wholesaler

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