A specialist, multidisciplinary Food & Agribusiness team providing innovative, expert advice to clients across the sector.
The food and agriculture industry represents a diverse collection of businesses and services across Northern Ireland. Our full service law firm is based in NI and has strong links and an exceptional reputation in this sector. The team is made up of experienced agriculture solicitors with a deep understanding of the issues facing farming businesses and agricultural businesses. 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 exact standards demanded by this sector.
With such diversity across the sector, we carefully tailor our advice and legal services 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 for all types of agriculture law matters 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, brand owners, 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.
Carson McDowell is also an Affiliate Member of the Farm Safety Partnership Scheme which aims to promote farm safety in Northern Ireland.
If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.
Adviser to the SHS Group, including advising on: (i) corporate acquisitions and investments such as its acquisition of a majority shareholding in the 3V Group, owners of the Meridian and Rocks brands; (ii) distribution arrangements being entered into with Tennant & Ruttle; (iii) brand owner agreements being entered into with Pfizer; (iv) retail terms and condition to be entered into with Tesco, Waitrose, Booker, Lidl, Co-op and John Lewis; and (v) agreements being entered into with the owners of the Ainsley Harriot brand for manufacture of branded products on behalf of that brand owner.
Adviser to the Finnebrogue Group of companies including advising on commercial contracts, corporate governance and the establishment of its state of the art vegetarian food production facility.
Advising Foundation Earth, an independent, non-profit organisation established to issue front-of-pack environmental scores on food products, enabling consumers to make more sustainable buying choices, including the on-boarding arrangements pursuant to which Nestlé, Unilever UK, Danone and Pepsico and other leading brands, accepted membership of the Foundation.
Advising clients in Northern Ireland and Great Britain in relation to the implications of Brexit including requirements for labelling and packaging of food and drink for food business operators.
Adviser to Fane Valley including advice on the acquisition of the Connon General Stores business and the NI aspects of its acquisitions of Silver Hill Foods, McCorkell Holdings and Burke Shipping.
— Chambers UK
“Carson McDowell is a brilliant firm that is very accommodating and empathetic in terms of understanding our business requirements."
— Chambers UK
"They are excellent - they're extremely commercial and professional."