Lawyers and other professionals such as consultants and business advisers play a very important role in the creation and development of any business.
You work with the business to provide guidance and advice on a range of issues such as start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law matters, general litigation and dispute resolution and employment related issues.
You may provide services in your area of expertise to clients in many industry sectors such as food and drink, manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and catering, healthcare and import and export.
From time to time your valued client might have an issue which is outside your area of expertise. You do not want to risk the client seeking advice from a competitor but you do not feel comfortable dealing with particular issue.
We can help with that dilemma. As we are not a ‘full-service’ law firm we only provide services in our core areas of practice. We can provide the necessary specialist legal, practical and commercial advice and guidance which will benefit your client and add value to the offer you provide your client.
Developing or changing a product can have implications for compliance with legal requirements. We can advise on the labelling and other requirements necessary for the product to be compliant with EU and Irish laws.
If your client has received a bad inspection report or worse is at risk of being the subject of regulatory enforcement action we will advise you on the legal issues and implications and liaise with the authority to try and find an informal resolution to the problem. This is our foremost aim because if this is successful all sides avoid costly and time-consuming legal proceedings. If this approach is not successful we will work with you and your client to consider a formal challenge or to defend a court case.
Your client might be considering a civil action in respect of contaminated foodstuffs or an unsafe product. Alternatively you might have notice that you might be the subject of legal action.
Prevention is better than cure.
All employers face stringent health and safety obligations. They require advice in respect of their obligations to protect the safety, health and welfare of their workers and others. We provide legal briefings that are tailor-made to your client’s needs and requirements.
Unsafe food and consumer products might be the subject of a recall or withdrawal. This can be costly and businesses need to have policies and procedures in place to enable them to respond swiftly and effectively to minimise the impact on their brand and reputation. We provide seminars that provide your clients with the knowledge and confidence to protect themselves in times of crisis.
Most clients will be subjected to a regime of regular inspection by their regulatory authority. They may also encounter the authority after an incident, accident or complaint. Do your clients know the powers of the regulators? Do they know how they should respond “when the inspector calls”? If not we can help you by advising your client on these issues.