Reshad Forbes specialises in the EU's regulatory laws, in particular those covering, consumer protection, product safety, CE marking, food safety, chemicals and data protection.

Environmental law

Reshad manages a team of lawyers who specialise in EU environmental law, from the rules relating to REACH (chemicals) to producers' responsibilities under the Directives on end-of-life products (including electrical and electronic waste, end-of-life vehicles and packaging). He is recognised as one of the leading REACH specialists in Brussels, managing a wide portfolio of clients for this highly regulated area of law.

In addition, he advises clients on all aspects of the "new approach" Directives (concerning electrical equipment, machinery, toys, construction products and personal protective equipment, among others), as well as CE markings and the harmonised standards which are frequently being adopted under these Directives. 

Product safety

His expertise extends to EU general product safety law, including matters involving textiles and clothing, footwear, lighters and all types of other consumer goods.

Reshad regularly assists governments, multinationals, trade associations and SMEs in Europe, the US and Asia. He regularly lectures and writes on EU regulatory matters.

Reshad is based in Mumbai.


English, French, Hindi


  • Chambers Europe for EU Regulatory Law – Environment
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Environment: EU Regulatory)
  • Legal 500 for EU Regulatory Law – Environment
  • Legal 500 for EU Regulatory Law – Chemicals (REACH)
  • Best Lawyers – Regulatory Practice


  • Guildhall University, Law Society Finals, 1993
  • London School of Economics, Bachelor of Law, 1991
  • University of Mumbai, B.A. in English Literature, 1988


In charge of Van Bael & Bellis’ monthly newsletter, “The European Monitor”, which analyses the EU’s latest newsworthy events in the Trade, Internal Market and Competition fields.

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales

Notable assignments

  • Representing the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) before the EU’s General Court in proceedings concerning the non-payment of costs related to substance registrations. The case was concluded successfully, in ECHA’s favour. Reshad has also advised ECHA on debt collection procedures and related case law in 15 Member States.

  • Advising a major non-EU petrochemicals producer on how best to strategise its sales in the EU through the appointment of an Only Representative and advising on all relevant obligations in relation to the placing on the market of the company’s products.

Publications and insights

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    • 14/02/2019
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    Overview of the EU’s Single-Use Plastics Directive

    This client alert provides an overview of the EU’s forthcoming “Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment”, otherwise known as the single-use plastics Directive. The Directive is expected to enter into force in late spring or early summer 2019 and will have a major impact on the future of the EU plastics market. It is important for both traders and manufacturers to understand how their businesses may be affected as the requirements of the Directive are phased in over the next two to five years.

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    • 05/09/2018
    • Articles

    Implementation of GDPR in Belgium | New Data Protection Law

    Data Protection | Today, on 5 September 2018, the new Belgian Data Protection Law, which brings Belgian national law in line with the General Data Protection Regulation, was published in the Belgian Official Journal. The new Belgian Data Protection Law immediately enters into force with this publication. In the enclosed memorandum, we discuss the most important highlights of the new Belgian Data Protection Law for companies within the private sector.

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    • 06/08/2018
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    GDPR Q&A | Twenty-one Questions and Answers to assist companies in complying with the General Data Protection Regulation

    The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union establishes that everyone has the right to the protection of one’s personal data. In the EU, the new “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR) further elaborates on the rights and obligations when processing personal data. The GDPR contains significant new obligations, when compared to the regime applicable under Directive 95/46/EC, and raises the stakes for data protection compliance in terms of responsibility and liability. Companies doing business in Europe should seek legal advice if they feel that they may be affected by this highlight complex and considerably far-reaching legislation. The enclosed document contains twenty-one questions most commonly asked by companies that are actively working to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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