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Master of Laws (LLM) in Food Law

Gain a qualification in food law with this flexible distance learning course - Learn More!

Course start date: 28th September 2020 (Application deadline: 1st September 2020). Delivered by tutored distance learning

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Gerry Danby

Gerry Danby is a barrister and writer specialising in artisan and small scale independent food production. Gerry brings a wealth of experience drawn from over 22 years working in the public sector, the last 10 as chief legal officer in one of the largest metropolitan authorities in England. The knowledge and experience of the legal and regulatory framework he gained provided the perfect foundation on which to specialise in food law. Since leaving local government Gerry has worked with Slow Food in the UK and Europe, more recently as co-reporter for Slow Food International, based in Italy, on the European Commission’s Fitness Check on the General Food Law Regulation and was commissioned to undertake a study on the operation of flexibility within the Hygiene Package.

In 2012 Gerry founded Artisan Food Law - a low cost, easy access portal providing guidance and an extensive range of food law information for artisan and small scale independent food producers. Gerry is an advocate for real food and writes on food and sustainability, teaches and gives talks that ensure lively debate in which the dominant methods of food production today are questioned and challenged.


Katharine Thompson is the Academic Lead for Food Law.

Katharine has taught on the LLM in Food Law since it began in 1995. She is the Food Safety Editor for Butterworths Law of Food and Drugs, the eight-volume encyclopaedia, giving an in-depth and up-to-date analysis of the law of food and drugs. Katharine has also published a number of articles and two books in this area: The Law of Food and Drink (1996, Shaws) and Food Law (2009, Tottel Publishing) with Barry Atwood and Chris Willett. Katharine is currently working on a new edition of this book. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has made this a much more difficult task than originally envisaged.