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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    • 04/01/2021
    • News

    Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on trade in goods

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom announced the conclusion of their negotiations of a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (“EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” or “the TCA”) intended to settle their future relationship. The United Kingdom left the European Union at the end of 31 January 2020 but a status quo was maintained as a result of the Withdrawal Agreement. That agreement provided for a transition period due to end on 31 December 2020. On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (“UK”) will no longer form part of the European Union (“EU”) Single Market (comprising the free movement of persons, goods, services and the freedom of capital) and the EU customs union. The TCA does not alter that fact. Instead, it sets separate terms for the relationship between the EU and the UK. The TCA consists of seven parts and a series of annexes and protocols. The TCA must also be read together with a series of declarations. The main substantive parts of the TCA concern: (i) trade, transport, fisheries and other arrangements (Part Two); (ii) law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (Part Three); (iii) health and cyber security (Part Four); and (iv) participation in Union programmes, sound financial management and financial provisions (Part Five). Part Six establishes a dispute settlement system and sets out a series of horizontal provisions. The parties to the TCA might conclude further bilateral agreements, supplementing the TCA (Article COMPROV.2.1). This client alert offers a general overview of the aspects of the TCA (especially Part Two) affecting generally trade in goods as well as digital trade. This alert does not cover the provisions of the TCA concerning notably services, investment and intellectual property rights. It must be read together with other client alerts on more specific aspects of the TCA that Van Bael & Bellis will prepare.

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    • 14/02/2019
    • Articles

    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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