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Food Law

Food can be big business, whether it's served for on-site consumption or packaged and sold for customers to take home. However, food is also something that absolutely must be entirely safe and suitable for consumption, and therefore it is an area which is subject to strict and sometimes complicated regulations.

The rules surrounding the sale of food to consumers are extensive, and deal with various different aspects of the production and sale process. They also fall within the domains of different regulatory bodies. For instance, some are enforced by local authorities, and others by the Food Standards Agency.

Food Laws and Regulations

Just some of the areas of food preparation, packaging and sale that require careful consideration are:

The exact rules that apply may vary based upon the nature of your business, the type of food you prepare, and the circumstances in which it is sold.

Operating as a Food Law Barrister

It can be difficult to ensure your business is properly following all of the many and varied laws that surround the sale of food and drink – or even to work out exactly what those rules are. As a food law barrister with a special professional interest in food legislation, I can help provide reliable and accurate legal advice on the position of your business and the nature of the laws it has to deal with, in much the same way that traditional food law laywers and food law solicitors do.

As a professional food law barrister, I can also provide you with help and support if you are facing enforcement action or you have, perhaps, received an improvement or prohibition notice for alleged breach of food laws. I can help to clarify your exact legal position and guide you through the process you will face as proceedings against you unfold. On top of that, I can provide you with dedicated legal advocacy, defending your case with the backing of solid evidence and the exact letters of the law.

As a food law barrister, I have undertaken food hygiene cases throughout my career at the bar and in recent times have consolidated this experience into a practice that has regularly seen me advising clients in food hygiene and safety related matters and appearing in courts both on behalf of businesses and for enforcement agencies. This approach adds strength to my representation by giving me and therefore the client an insight into the processes and strategies employed by each side in this type of litigation. As an ex-investigator I am able to bring a unique and advantageous forensic analysis to any defence of action taken by enforcement authorities against Food Business Operators of any kind and offer informed tactical advice at the pre-trial stage. 

If you require the services offered by conventional food law lawyers or food law solicitors, as well as a professional food law barrister to represent you in court, please contact me on 07771 541449 or

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Stuart Jessop is a member of the Institute of Licensing and holds the Professional Licensing Practitioner’s Qualification (PLPQ) and has been ranked as a leading barrister (Band 3) for licensing in the independent publication The Legal 500 for 2015.

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