Supply chains and procurement

Commercial supply chain and procurement concerns within the food and agribusiness sector are vital to business. We are here to make sure you get things right.

With our specialist knowledge of the food and agribusiness sector we can ensure you avoid the pitfalls and gain the right commercial relationships for your business. We provide robust and practical advice to guide you when you need it from regulatory and quality thresholds through to social responsibility terms. Our commercial and litigation experts are also on hand in the event of any disputes. 

Our lawyers

We understand the crucial nature of getting the right supply at the right price. But also ensuring the right product for your business.

Our experience

Our experience spans hundreds of varied food and agribusiness clients. Examples range from a detailed review of systems and supply chain contracts, through to checking of individual terms such as;

  • 'Brexit-proofing' contracts and ensuring terms reflect corporate social responsibility objectives i.e. Modern Slavery Act requirements.
  • Through to dealing with disputes between businesses, arbitrations and liaising with the Grocery Code Adjudicator. 
  • Joint ventures, commercial agreements, procurement and partnership agreements.

We also provide a review service:

  • A review of operational systems to provide an extra check on processes, visiting manufacturing facilities and an overall check on the effectiveness of audits. We will give you a legal opinion on the regulatory robustness of a company’s regulatory/compliance system and its operation; so you can obtain an overall high level “check” on their compliance regime;
  • A supply chain contracts review - A paper-based comparison of terms and conditions within supplier and customer contracts to identify potential liabilities and vulnerabilities. We will advise a company on potential vulnerabilities within their contractual chain of supply and how these weaknesses may be strengthened.

Our clients

We have a wide variety of clients including;

  • Private and institutional landowners;
  • Businesses from start-ups to PLCs;
  • Landowners /farmers;
  • Food and feed Processors;
  • Logistics - food transport and storage companies;
  • National and International branded food and beverage companies;
  • Caterers and restaurants.

Legal resources you may find useful

Please see our food and agribusiness blog for regular updates.

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