Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is one of the few Irish law firms to have a specialist, multidisciplinary Food & Agribusiness Group, comprising lawyers from other key practice groups within the firm. Our Food & Agribusiness Group advises food, agribusiness and beverage companies on the manufacture, promotion and sale of their products in Ireland.

With our in-depth knowledge of these sectors, our specialist team can guide you through the regulatory regime on food and feed safety; food and feed hygiene and HACCP; food packaging, labelling, advertising and marketing of food products; and nutrition and health claims and restrictions on allergens and additives.

We also advise our clients on regulatory compliance issues, including good manufacturing practice requirements, which may provide a defence in regulatory proceedings. We can guide you through your obligations on waste packaging, food waste and animal by-products. We can also advise on carbon footprinting and carbon-labelling.

All members of the Group are experienced litigators. We provide comprehensive and strategic advice, both at the pre-litigation stage and in contentious and non-contentious cases, in relation to the anticipation and management of risk, product recall and crisis management strategies.

We also advise on regulatory breach, enforcement proceedings, product safety and liability, nuisance, environmental breach and on any associated litigation. In doing so, we will work with you to ensure that your business reputation, brand reputation and financial interests are protected.

We understand the opportunities for our clients presented by the growth of the food, agribusiness, aquaculture and beverage sectors and we assist clients, from producers and manufacturers to distributors and retailers, to exploit those opportunities to maximum effect. At a national level, we are keen to assist food and agribusiness companies in playing their part in delivering on Ireland’s Food Harvest 2020 targets and the objectives set out in the Organic Farming Action Plan 2013.

Our Food & Agribusiness Group is headed by two partners, Isabel Foley and Deborah Spence.


Our specialist Food & Agribusiness Group regularly draws on and harnesses the skills and expertise of other groups within the firm, including: Life Sciences, Product Liability and Safety, Environment, Planning and Climate Change, EU & Competition law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and, of course, Corporate and Commercial. This enables us to provide a seamless and comprehensive service to clients across the whole spectrum of food and agribusiness related matters.