FoodLegal specialises in food law consultancy, compliance risk management, certification of product compliance integrity for food and beverage products and other allied products. 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 is a member of the Food Lawyers Network (FLN), which is is a global network that unites some of the best lawyers in the food law sector. FLN members strive to provide practical legal advice for food business operators in their respective home jurisdictions and abroad. Cooperating in FLN helps to deliver best in class services in an interconnected world.

Meet The Team

FoodLegal specialists in food law consultancy.

Joe LedermanExecutive 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 McLeodChief 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 FisherPrincipal Lawyer & Consultant

Charles provides food regulatory and compliance advice to leading Australian and international food and beverage companies

He also oversees 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 ThisgaardSenior 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 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 AwadSenior 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.

Jackie LibermanCompliance 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 DumontSenior Compliance Consultant

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.

Zac TollanCompliance Consultant

For over five years, Zac has been working for a range of large food manufacturers.

For over five years, Zac has been working for a range of large food manufacturers. Zac's experiences have enabled him to gain a wide array of knowledge across a range of standards of the Food Standards Code as well as compliance of food labels.

Elisa SilvermanFoodLegal Community Leader

Elisa manages and curates the FoodLegal Community.

A seasoned facilitator in the digital space, Elisa manages and curates the FoodLegal Community, including our training courses, subscriptions as well as supporting both our internal team and our external clients.

Ibrahim HabbalSoftware Developer

Ibrahim manages the technical side of FoodLegal's digital platforms and tools.

He oversees the process of developing, designing, testing and deploying new features and maintaining existing ones to further enhance user experience on FoodLegal-developed cloud based applications.

Sharon PhillipsDigital Platform Leader

Sharon manages the digital platforms across the compliance and risk assessment functions for Retailers and Suppliers within the food industry.

Developing strategic development roadmaps, managing information security and providing project management to onboard new clients.

Dr.Rozita VaskoskaFood Scientist

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

Dr.Rozita obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in meat quality and biochemistry hilst engaged part-time at Foodlegal.