The Foodlegal Team

Our team of lawyers and consultants represent food manufacturers, importers, distributors, brand marketers, retailers, industry associations and groups.

We also work with clients from allied fields such as complementary medicines, life sciences, agribusiness and farmer-producers.

FoodLegal specialises in food law consultancy, compliance risk management, certification of product compliance integrity for food and beverage products and other allied products.

Joe Lederman - Executive Chairman & Managing Principal

Joe Lederman is the founder, Executive Chairman and Managing Principal of FoodLegal.

In 2005, Joe was one of the founders of the global Food Lawyers’ Network and has presented numerous papers on important food law uses, including the interfaces between functional foods, special-purpose foods, complementary medicines, dietary supplements and therapeutic goods, health claims and nutrition claims in Australia; environmental claims for food, nanotechnology legal frameworks in food processing and food fraud and traceability issues in regulatory food product integrity.

Joe is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Business Law and has been (2006-2009) an Adjunct Professor of Food Law at Deakin University specialising in Food and Nutrition Law.

Joe is also the editor in chief of FoodLegal Bulletin and FoodLegal Inhouse.

Cheryl McLeod - Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl leads the team and manages the design and execution of the firm's initiatives.

Cheryl’s background in professional services and corporate, coupled with her experience in new product development and product commercialisation, enables her to understand client requirements and build practical solutions that ensure value creation for both parties.

Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Information Technology from Bond University.

Charles Fisher - Principal Lawyer & Consultant

Charles provides food regulatory and compliance advice to leading Australian and international food and beverage companies including food regulatory issues and product risk assessment and advice in relation to new product development projects and product marketing campaigns.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Law & Legal Practice as well as an Arts degree majoring in Spanish and Drama from Flinders University, and a post-graduate diploma in Film & Television from the University of Melbourne.

John Thisgaard - Senior Associate Lawyer & Consultant

John provides regulatory compliance advice to food companies, and understands the commercial and practical context underpinning the needs and decisions of food companies. This enables John to provide relevant, real-world advice.

John has developed specialised advice including advice on country of origin labelling, product claims, the application of GST and excise laws, liquor requirements and health and nutrition content claims.

John holds a Bachelors of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.

Jenny Awad - Senior Associate Lawyer & Consultant

Jenny advises clients on various compliance matters, including labelling, country of origin laws, Food Standards Code and Australian Consumer Law compliance.

Jenny has experience working both in Government and private practice as well as having extensive research and academic experience at Deakin University.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Deakin University.

Felicia Fragapane - Lawyer & Consultant

Felicia advises clients on various compliance matters, including country of origin classification and labelling and Australian Consumer Law compliance.

Felicia has experience working both in both private and corporate practice in national and international jurisdictions, including United Kingdom, Singapore and Macau.

Felicia holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Criminology from Deakin University.

Jackie Liberman - Compliance Team Manager

Jackie manages our team of highly skilled food compliance assessors.

Jackie’s background in food technology and QA in international food companies has assisted in the development of FoodLegal’s highly practical tools for food technologists who use these platforms for quality assurance and new product development.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, specialising in Food Science and Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Pauline Dumont - Food Labelling Consultant Co-ordinator

Pauline is one of our highly skilled food compliance assessors.

Pauline's background in research and development and communication in International Food Companies allows her to efficiently provide our clients with clear guidelines and advice regarding product development and labelling requirements.

Pauline is fluent in French and holds a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from AgroParisTech.

Our expert panel of food scientists

Dr Sameera (Sam) Sirisena

Sameera is a food science researcher at FoodLegal and a researcher in the school of Agriculture and Food, at the University of Melbourne, specialised in food chemistry.

She recently received her PhD for studies of plant bioactive compounds including polyphenols, specifically examining their chemistry, bioactivities, bioaccessibility, and colonic fermentation.

Rozita Vaskoska

Rozita is a scientist and obtained her Master of Science in food safety at Wageningen University Netherlands, the European centre for food science and technology. Currently she is doing her PhD research at the University of Melbourne in meat quality and biochemistry hilst engaged part-time at Foodlegal.

Rozita has considerable international experience and active interests in food technology, food safety, food standards and food policy.

What our clients have said about ...

...our Symposiums

"An excellent array of presentations and topics, hugely useful"

"The conference helped me put the complexity of food science & the big debates in a context that I could use personally & professionally"

"Informative, Practical, and Succinct"

"Great course – great diversity of information"

"Fantastic new crucial information that can help us improve our food products, dietary recommendations for consumers and Australia’s overall health"

...our Workshops

"FoodLegal has brought my knowledge regarding Food Standards up to date"

"Great course, very clear, excellent explanation of a complex issue"

"Very informative course. Every person involved in the food industry should attend"

"Very practical and informative. Highly recommended"

"Great seminar – engaging presentation with insightful examples that allow you to really consider the scope of FSANZ"

...FoodLegal InHouse

"I find the InHouse portal really helpful to set up my projects, all the information I need regarding food compliance is quickly accessible. The convenience of it is great!"

...our Consulting Services

I greatly appreciate the service you and your team provide to Bulla. You have a talented group of individuals who are responsive, polite and very knowledgeable in the food law area and I really appreciate the service I have been receiving.
- Michael Davis, General Counsel, Bulla Dairy Foods