Hilary Ross

Partner - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

I am recognised as one of the most influential and astute regulatory lawyers in the UK, advising clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 9587 Mob: +44 (0) 7712 899715 Fax: +44 (0)20 7645 9501

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I am a partner in the firm’s Regulatory team, specialising in regulatory compliance and litigation, with an unrivalled reputation in respect of health & safety and product liability, for a wide range of highly regulated products.

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I work closely with clients to help design and implement systems to minimise exposure to challenges under a wide range of regulatory legislation.  For the last two decades I have worked with PLCs to develop compliance procedures to ensure safety of their products, employees and third parties. 

I regularly help companies devise innovative and practical approaches to achieving regulatory compliance across the UK and EU.  In particular I advise on compliance issues in relation to foods, cosmetics, toys and medical devices, assisting companies bring about amendments to EU legislation and challenging decisions of regulators concerning the application and interpretation of EU law. I also advise on the coordination of products at their launch, advertising campaigns, across the EU, together with withdrawals and recalls.

When challenges are brought my primary aim is to prevent matters reaching court.  By combining my contentious and non-contentious experience, as well as my contacts across a large number of regulators, I am able to provide clients with a practical overview of how regulation works in the UK and the EU, which assists them in reaching commercially acceptable compliance strategies.  Where that is not possible I help them to challenge decisions in the UK and European Court of Justice.

Chambers and Partners (2014) said:

"Hilary Ross is a standout individual in this field for her market knowledge and extensive network of contacts. One client states: "I was very impressed with her - a heavy hitter when it comes to food issues. She's intellectually very astute and very commercially minded."

A peer adds: "Clients love her, she knows product liability food law inside out and is very passionate about it. There's not a lot you can talk to her about in this field that she won't know."

"She has carved out an equally impressive reputation in the health and safety market in recent years, acting for household names. She receives rave reviews from clients who attest to being “never less than one hundred percent happy".”

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