Doing business in the food industry presents many challenges. From single-shop takeaways to international manufacturers, our experienced food safety lawyers provide clear, pragmatic advice.

We help clients experiencing an enforcement action or prosecution, as well as providing advice on compliance with relevant food safety regulations.

Our specialist team provides advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Investigations or prosecutions by Environmental Health or Trading Standards
  • Improvement Notices, including appeals
  • Food Hygiene policies and procedures, ensuring you are compliant with relevant legislation
  • Changes to food law in the UK and Europe
  • Premises licensing including obtaining liquor licences

How Our Food Safety Lawyers Can Help

Our team has extensive experience providing legal advice to businesses in the food and drink industry.

We have detailed knowledge of the procedures followed in a prosecution by Environmental Health, and can provide expert advice at every stage. This includes:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Attending an interview under caution
  • Providing written statements
  • Representing you at Court

After investigation or prosecution by the regulator, we also ensure that a constructive ongoing dialogue is established, so that every possible effort is made to protect the future of your business.

Recent Work

High-profile Restaurant Operators

Advising operators on obtaining premises licences to sell alcoholic beverages

Oriental Food Manufacturer

Successfully advising in relation to questioning under caution, following an investigation under the Food Additives (England) Regulations 2009

Potato Processor

Advising in relation to an investigation arising out of the discharge of potato effluent

Takeaway Restaurant

Advising in relation to an investigation under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006

Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

"Expertise advising clients on compliance with Europe-wide regulatory changes such as GDPR."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"Depth of experience. IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard."

Legal 500, 2022

"A dynamic team with a broad skillset, particularly when assisting those that are the subject of regulatory investigation."

Legal 500, 2022

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Awards & Accreditation

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.