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Consumer product companies are increasingly facing challenging times, at the junction of rapidly evolving technologies, disrupting trends, changing consumer preferences and economic uncertainty. Whether you are a supplier, investor, regulator or other stakeholder, CMS has consumer products experts on hand to help.

Advising consumer goods brands and key stakeholders

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. These place new demands on your management and business strategy and also drive the need for legal advice.

As leaders in consumer products law, we help companies create, deliver, and sell their goods, protecting their innovation and market position every step of the way. Our clients include top FMCG, fashion & luxury, household goods, and food and beverage companies, as well as retailers.

Bringing specialist knowledge to the table

Food & Beverage

The CMS team brings together specialist lawyers advising on everything from food law to product liability, contamination and recall, new product launches, labelling, advertising, marketing and promotions, intellectual property (IP) and brand protection, commercial contracts, environmental and health and safety issues, and complex M&A and finance transactions.

Fashion & Luxury

Our practice helps fashion brands to source, create, protect and exploit their wares through an ever-increasing number of retail channels. The team combines our award-winning IP, corporate, real estate and other practices to provide a one-stop-shop to both high-street and high-fashion icons.

Electronics & Households

Our clients benefit from expert advice, from brand management and IP through to advertising, product liability, distribution, competition, disputes, environmental and waste issues, financing and M&A.

Responding to unprecedented times

Faced with such a tough environment, businesses need advisors like CMS. We advise businesses across the whole sector and can help, whether you are consolidating or expanding, acquiring or restructuring, reinforcing your defences or seeking new opportunities. We can also help you negotiate – or renegotiate – financing or raise new equity capital. No matter what the challenge, we are here as legal advisers and business partners, helping you mitigate risk, benefit from innovation and find new ways to succeed.

Please reach out to any of our Consumer Products expert teams should you have an issue to explore.

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13 April 2021
The Fu­ture of Food: What makes Singa­pore an at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tion for...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion Singa­pore has a bur­geon­ing Ag­ri­FoodTech eco­sys­tem. As the first coun­try glob­ally...
01 April 2021
The end of “fast fash­ion”? Tex­tile in­dustry to face in­creased reg­u­la­tion...
The De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs ("DE­FRA") has re­cently an­nounced its in­ten­tion to "ramp up ac­tion on fast fash­ion" and to "hold man­u­fac­tur­ers ac­count­able for tex­tile waste"[1]...
29 March 2021
Busi­ness rates and Cov­id-19: re­stric­tion on ma­ter­i­al change of cir­cum­stances...
On 25 March 2021, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced meas­ures with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to lim­it the use of the Ma­ter­i­al Change in Cir­cum­stances (MCC) pro­vi­sions to achieve re­duc­tions in the rate­able value of prop­er­ties...
26 March 2021
FSA up­dates CBD Nov­el Foods cri­ter­ia
The Food Stand­ards Agency ("FSA") has an­nounced that the cri­ter­ia of CBD which can re­main on sale from 1 April 2021 has been up­dated to en­com­pass a wider re­mit of products. Food busi­ness op­er­at­ors ("FBOs")...
26 March 2021
Body­con be­ware: how passing off fails boutique fash­ion
Sum­mary In Ori­gin­al Beauty Tech­no­logy Co Ltd and oth­er v G4K Fash­ion Ltd and oth­er, Dav­id Stone (sit­ting as Deputy High Court Judge) ruled that the de­fend­ant had in­fringed the claimants’ un­re­gistered...
22 March 2021
UK reg­u­lat­ors out­line roadmap for co­oper­a­tion in the reg­u­la­tion of di­git­al...
On 10 March 2021, the Di­git­al Reg­u­la­tion Co­oper­a­tion For­um (DRCF) pub­lished its first an­nu­al plan of work for 2021/2022 for co­oper­a­tion, co­ordin­a­tion and a co­her­ent reg­u­lat­ory ap­proach to di­git­al and...
19 March 2021
Los­ing friends while in­flu­en­cing people: ASA warns In­sta in­flu­en­cers over...
Fol­low­ing a series of up­held ad­ju­dic­a­tions in re­cent months in re­la­tion to in­flu­en­cer ad­vert­ising posts that were not ob­vi­ously iden­ti­fi­able as ad­vert­ising, the ASA has pub­lished the res­ults of a three-week...
18 March 2021
Right to re­pair rules due to be in­tro­duced in Great Bri­tain this sum­mer
The De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy ("BEIS") have pub­lished their re­sponse to the re­cent con­sulta­tion on eco-design and en­ergy con­sumer in­form­a­tion re­quire­ments for elec­tric­al...
17 March 2021
Lim­it­ing li­ab­il­ity in sup­ply con­tracts: fur­ther guid­ance on the UCTA re­quire­ment...
A re­cently pub­lished North­ern Ir­ish de­cision has re­jec­ted an at­tempt to rely on a stand­ard form lim­it­a­tion clause which sought to lim­it a sup­pli­er’s li­ab­il­ity for de­fects to the price of goods sup­plied...
17 March 2021
End of the “loser pays” rule in Scot­tish per­son­al in­jury claims
Com­mer­cial or­gan­isa­tions and their in­surers should be aware that the “loser pays” rule, which gen­er­ally de­term­ines how awards of ex­penses (costs) are dealt with in Scot­tish lit­ig­a­tion, is soon to...
15 March 2021
ASA up­holds com­plaint against an in­flu­en­cer’s lux­ury In­s­tagram giveaway...
The ASA has up­held two com­plaints made against in­flu­en­cer Molly-Mae Hag­ue, around claims that her In­s­tagram giveaway, worth a total of £8,000, was not awar­ded in ac­cord­ance with the laws of chance and...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...