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As a player in the consumer products sector, you face a myriad of challenges such as globalisation and digitalisation, environmental and health concerns, supply chain management, consumer and media pressure, growing retailer buyer power, the rise of online selling and counterfeiting. All place new demands on your management and business strategy but also drive the need for legal advice. Our pan-European team is structured around the key sectors of consumer products including cosmetics, clothing, electronics, health & beauty, food & drink, retail, household equipment and manufacturing. Whether you are a supplier, investor, regulator or other stakeholder, we have consumer products experts to help, whatever your situation.

In order to give you the targeted legal advice your business needs, our teams have experts from every legal area affecting your sector. This means we can guide you on all legal and regulatory aspects - from the financing and acquisition of companies, through to antitrust and unfair competition law, media management, nutritional and health claims, advertising and marketing, strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights, data protection, outsourcing, distribution agreements, real estate transactions, product recalls and much more. Our experts will keep you abreast of the latest sector insight and developments, giving you a commercial, as well as a legal, edge.

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June 2019
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June 2019
CMS Con­sumer Products Glob­al Bro­chure
12/09/2019
UK food and cos­met­ic pro­du­cers to the EU to face new reg­u­la­tions after...
As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue to sell these goods after a No-Deal Brexit.
01/05/2019
Con­sumer Products
News­let­ter May 2019
09/07/2019
New Dir­ect­ives reg­u­lat­ing sales to European con­sumers
As part of the European Com­mis­sion’s Di­git­al Single Mar­ket Strategy, the European Uni­on has re­cently ad­op­ted two Dir­ect­ives which will ap­ply from 1 Janu­ary 2022. The Sale of Goods Dir­ect­ive relates to the sale of goods to con­sumers and the Di­git­al Con­tent Dir­ect­ive.
Tom Heremans
December 2017
Mis­lead­ing rep­res­ent­a­tions of new "de­sign­er food"
25/06/2019
New European Dir­ect­ive on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the food sup­ply...
European Dir­ect­ive 2019/633 on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in B2B re­la­tion­ships in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain has been pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on. This Dir­ect­ive aims to pro­tect SMEs and mid-range en­ter­prises against stronger.
14/06/2019
The EUIPO de­liv­ers its ver­dict on the long­stand­ing dis­pute between...
EUTM Can­cel­la­tion Ac­tion: (1) Pro­mote Ice­land, (2) The Iceland­ic Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs and (3) SA – Busi­ness Ice­land v. Ice­land Foods Lim­ited. Back­ground Three Iceland­ic au­thor­it­ies (“Iceland­ic Ap­plic­ants”) filed an ap­plic­a­tion for a de­clar­a­tion of in­valid­ity.
23/05/2019
Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which...
Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment that sub­ject to cer­tain ex­cep­tions plastic straws, plastic stemmed cot­ton buds and plastic bever­age stir­rers in Eng­land will be pro­hib­ited from sup­ply as of April 2020 has gained much me­dia at­ten­tion in the UK.
12/12/2018
Bel­gi­um tight­ens le­gis­la­tion on on­line gambling ad­vert­ising: for bet­ter...
In Bel­gi­um, the on­line gambling sec­tor has ex­per­i­enced sig­ni­fic­ant growth over the last few years, des­pite the re­strict­ive policy put in place by the au­thor­it­ies. Ac­cord­ing to some com­ment­at­ors, this growth can to a large ex­tent be ex­plained by the in­tens­ive.
02/11/2018
Tack­ling plastic – new meas­ures for the food and drink in­dustry
In the au­tumn 2018 Budget, the UK gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce a tax on plastic pack­aging pro­duced in, or im­por­ted in­to, the UK, which con­tains less than 30% re­cycled con­tent (sub­ject to con­sulta­tion).
27/09/2018
Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity fines on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or EUR 312,500
The Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine of EUR 312,500 on on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or Mr Green Ltd (Mr Green), which ex­ploits the web­site www. mr­green. com, for vi­ol­at­ing the Dutch Bet­ting and Gam­ing Act (WOK).
27/09/2018
Na­tion­al gambling au­thor­it­ies is­sue a de­clar­a­tion in which they raise...
On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.