Jean-Philippe Montfort is one of Europe’s leading legal practitioners on EU chemical control (REACH), EU product safety and liability, and EU regulatory law, including food-contact legislation, cosmetics and toys. His practice focuses especially on:
REACH. Jean-Philippe leads Mayer Brown's REACH team. He provides strategic advice to companies and trade associations to help them comply with REACH and the CLP. He advises companies on data sharing, SIEF and consortia formation and management. He organises product defence under the REACH and CLP Authorisation, Restriction, Evaluation, Classification and Labelling processes. Jean-Philippe chairs the chemicals working group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (Amcham EU) and acted as project leader for the Commission REACH Implementation Project (RIP) 3.4 on Data sharing and Consortia.
EU Product Safety and Liability. Jean-Philippe advises companies on product safety and product liability issues, including product safety policy and product recalls, he was involved in major EU recalls in 2005 – 2006 (milk and fruit packages containing ITX) and in 2007 (toy recalls). Jean-Philippe provides strategic advice to companies and maintains contacts with regulatory authorities in crisis situations. He also helps companies design internal processes to enhance product safety and regulatory compliance and conduct audits. He is invited by the European Commission as an expert in stakeholder discussions on the revision of the General Product Safety directive (GPSD).
Jean-Philippe has won the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011) in the category “EU Product Liability”. This award recognises partners around the world that “stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their services". Winners are chosen by corporate counsels.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2006, Jean-Philippe was associated with two other prominent law firms in Brussels. He is a native French speaker and is fluent in English and Italian.