Reshad Forbes - Van Bael & Bellis

Reshad Forbes

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 32 2 647 7350

Reshad Forbes is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis' Brussels office. He specialises in various aspects of the European Union's regulatory laws, in particular EU environmental law, consumer protection laws and policy, product safety, standards and CE marking, food safety and chemicals as well as data protection.

In the field of environmental law, Reshad manages a team of lawyers who specialise in all of its aspects, from the rules relating to REACH (chemicals) to producers' responsibilities under the Directives on end-of-life products (electrical and electronic waste, end-of-life vehicles, packaging, etc). 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.

His expertise also extends to the EU's general product safety laws, including matters involving textiles & clothing, footwear, lighters and all types of other consumer goods.

Reshad regularly works on behalf of governments, multinationals, trade associations and SMEs in Europe, the United States and Asia. He is in constant contact with the EU Institutions (Commission, Parliament, and Council) and Member States' regulatory authorities.

He regularly lectures and writes on EU regulatory matters. Chambers Europe recommends Reshad Forbes as the "group's centre of gravity" for Regulatory & Public Affairs.


  • 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)


Guildhall University, UK – Law Society Finals, 1993

London School of Economics, UK – LL.B., 1991

University of Mumbai, India – B.A. in English Literature, 1988


Reshad Forbes is widely-published in the field of EU regulatory law. He is in charge of Van Bael & Bellis’ fortnightly newsletter, “The European Monitor”, which analyses the EU’s latest newsworthy events in the Trade, Internal Market and Competition fields.

Office Location

Glaverbel Building
Chaussée de La Hulpe 166 Terhulpsesteenweg
Brussels, B-1170

Practice Areas

Regulatory Practice

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