The UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published draft Regulations setting out further details on the new UK ‘Soft Drinks Industry Levy’, which will apply from 6 April 2018.

The new levy applies to all soft drinks packaged in or imported to the UK that contain added sugar and at least 5 grams of sugar in total (both naturally occurring and added sugar) per 100ml of prepared drink (“chargeable drinks”). A levy of 18p per liter will apply, rising to 24p per liter for chargeable drinks containing 8 grams or more of sugar per 100ml.

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Richard Welfare focuses on regulatory compliance work within the Commercial Law practice area.  Richard works with manufacturing companies to ensure that they comply with legislation and regulatory frameworks, including requirements governing product composition, labeling, packaging and claims, rules relating to advertising and marketing campaigns and other key considerations when launching a product in the EU/UK. Richard has helped clients resolve issues with UK enforcement authorities, including Trading Standards, the ASA (Advertising), MHRA (Medical Devices) and the FSA (Food).

Richard has worked with in-house counsel and corporate affairs teams to design and implement public affairs programs and targeted communication strategies, and has worked with companies to design safety programs, following safety or product quality crises.

Richard advises clients on the contracting arrangements, providing commercial support to in-house teams. He works on a variety of contracts including those for supply, co-manufacturing, distribution, logistics, warehousing, agency and general trading terms. Richard also represents companies in the appointment of celebrities for advertising or endorsement campaigns and major sponsorship opportunities.

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Jane focuses on regulatory compliance and commercial agreements in the life sciences and food sectors. Jane advises on legal and regulatory requirements that apply during the product lifecycle, including clinical trial requirements, early access schemes, marketing authorisations, manufacturing and distribution licences, CE marking, product labelling, product composition, advertising and marketing activities, and pricing and reimbursement. Jane also advises on a wide range of commercial contractual arrangements, including consultancy, sponsorship, co-promotion, collaboration, manufacturing, distribution, services, quality and pharmacovigilance agreements, as well as helping clients to resolve issues with UK enforcement authorities and regulatory bodies, such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Trading Standards.
Jane combines commercial acumen with deep regulatory knowledge. She understands the business pressures faced by clients, having provided in-house regulatory compliance and commercial support to a major pharmaceutical client and a multinational food company. Jane provides “clear responses with business impact” Chambers UK.