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Covering consumer goods from manufacturing to distribution and retailing

Consumer goods companies are often among the pioneers as new markets develop. As our international footprint has evolved, so has our experience in this sector. We act for a diverse client base, creating value through our impressive supply chain expertise to provide a 'one-stop-shop' across the product lifecycle.

Product strategies can differ and we adapt our service to work with clients operating volume based product lines, as well as with smaller quality based providers. We routinely ensure products are protected through appropriate intellectual property methods, including trademarks, copyright and patents, and that commercial manufacturing, import / export and distribution agreements are structured and enforced appropriately to safeguard businesses. We also provide extensive insurance advice to the market, with particular product liability and recall expertise.

In this highly regulated industry, we ensure appropriate risk management strategies are in place. Moreover, when matters escalate, we understand that prolonged litigation is not always the most commercially suitable route, particularly where preserving reputation and consumer trust is paramount.

Our Consumer Goods Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Multinational food and beverage company sale of goods dispute

    Obtaining and enforcing a summary judgment for a multinational food and beverages company regarding a sale of goods dispute brought against a French company in Algeria and elsewhere

    Algeria

    Manufacturer and distributer parallel importation issues in Tanzania

    Advising a global beverage manufacturer and distributer on parallel importation issues relating to the distribution and sale of their goods in Tanzania

    Tanzania
  • Coverage assistance and food recall management

    Providing coverage assistance and management of food product recalls in Canada

    Canada
  • Product liability CIETAC arbitration

    Advising a UK importer and distributor of Chinese goods in a CIETAC arbitration in Shanghai in relation to a product liability claim against a Chinese manufacturer and exporter

    China

    Recovering losses incurred in recalling defective products

    Acting for a major US consumer goods distributor in Hong Kong to recover losses incurred in recalling thousands of defective coffee makers manufactured in China and sold in the US

    Hong Kong
  • Registering and maintaining trade marks for consumer goods clients

    Managing the registration and maintenance of trade marks and patents for a range of local and international consumer goods clients in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates
  • Toy manufacturer's moulds licensing rights conflict

    Advising a Spanish toy company on their rights as a licensee against the owner of moulds used to manufacture their toys in response to the factory owner seeking to impose a rental fee for storing the moulds

    Spain

    Breach of distribution agreement court proceedings

    Defending a well-known Swiss watch manufacturer in High Court proceedings for alleged breach of an exclusive distribution agreement

    Switzerland

    Home Retail Group “toxic sofa” litigation

    Acting for insurers and insured retailer in relation to the highly publicised “toxic sofa” litigation, in which it was alleged that claimants contracted a severe skin condition following contact with furniture manufactured in China contaminated with a sensitising chemical. This matter went to...

    United Kingdom

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Barbara Almeida
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Michael Grasty

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