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John Barker Law
+64 21 798 353
PO Box 224
Shortland Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

New Zealand

+64 (0)21 798 353

John Barker Law is a boutique firm offering strategic legal and policy expertise to the food and beverage sector with a special emphasis on wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Combining specialised legal skills with extensive experience in government and industry, John Barker Law delivers strategic and outcome-focussed advice to clear the regulatory pathway from production through to the global market. 


Government & Policy

John Barker Law provides a strategic and holistic approach to government processes and policy development based on many years in industry advocacy and in government. We provide strategic legal and policy advice in the follow areas:

  • Public law;

  • Drafting submissions and briefings;

  • Participation in government processes and policy development;

  • Commodity levy applications;

  • Issues management.

Examples of the work we have done in this area include:

  • Preparing submissions for major food & drinks company on FSANZ proposals for new label requirements.

  • Advising sector organisations on development of GI legislation.

  • Assisting sector organisations and companies in preparation of submissions on CP-TPP and EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

  • Representing companies with the Ministry for Primary Industries in non-compliance situations.

  • Acting as Counsel in appeal by a major drinks company against a ruling of NZ Customs.