Food and Agriculture

The food and agriculture industry represents a diverse collection of businesses and services across Northern Ireland. At Carson McDowell, we have a dedicated food and agriculture team who have a passion and interest in working with clients operating in this sector. Their vast experience, in-depth understanding of the sector and technical knowledge means we can deliver specialised legal advice to help your business perform to the exacting standards demanded by this sector.

With such diversity across the sector, we carefully tailor our advice to the needs and requirements of each individual client. This bespoke approach, coupled with our extensive experience in the food and agriculture sector, ensures that we can help you tackle the difficult issues your business faces each day. Our solution driven, pro-active, practical advice means that we can help you reduce your risk and protect your business at the same time.

Our involvement with the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), the various government departments and EU bodies ensures we stay ahead of current issues and trends and focus on solutions to keep clients ahead of emerging issues. Our clients include major retailers, large food and grocery distributors, food growers, processors and manufacturers, drinks manufacturers and distributors as well as clients operating in research and development. We are proud to represent local artisan food producers as well as large global food and drink distributors and wholesalers.

Key Contacts

Richard Gray, Partner, Joint Head of Corporate Team

Neasa Quigley, Partner, Joint Head of Corporate Team

Rosemary Carson, Partner, Head of Real Estate Team

Orlagh O'Neill, Partner, Head of Employment Team

Dawn McKnight, Partner, Corporate

Gerard Armstrong, Partner, Corporate

Dorit McCann, Partner, EU and Competition

Victoria O'Hara, Associate, Real Estate

What We Do

Our  advice to the sector ranges from advising on compliance with employment related legislation (including recruitment, agency workers and equality), to M&A transactions and the highly specific areas such as competition matters, IP, procurement law and food regulation. Our areas of particular expertise include:

  • Branding and labelling
  • Commercial contracts
  • Competition and EU Regulation
  • Corporate finance
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Food composition
  • Franchising
  • Health and safety
  • Intellectual property and trade marks
  • Insurance
  • Litigation claims management
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Outsourcing
  • Planning and environmental
  • Product liability and product recall
  • Real estate
  • Trading standards

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