Retail

We understand the realities of Retail



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Our experienced Retail team comprises expert lawyers who are recognised leaders in each of their fields, from Real Estate to Employment, Intellectual Property and Corporate.

Summary

Retail has undergone a seismic shift in recent years, with key players facing uncertainty and the market in flux. As the game changes, we are here to help you navigate the recent changes in law and trading environment and lead you on to success.

Many of our lawyers have previously worked in house so they truly understand the commercial realities that affect the retail sector. Whether it is a real estate or employment problem, commercial agreements or intellectual property issue, our experienced lawyers can help you find the best solution as quickly as possible.

Notable cases

Real Estate

  • Acting for a variety of major supermarkets on the management of their extensive portfolios including assisting with acquisitions and disposals
  • The development of retail business parks, including using private forward funding
  • The acquisition, letting and funding of large mixed-use developments including buildings with complex listed building issues and linked rail or other transport facilities, particularly in Manchester and London city centres
  • Advising shopping centre investors on redevelopment schemes and management issues
  • Advising major international retailers on issues relating to clean technology including the installation of solar panels on their stores across the UK
  • Advising on the real estate issues linked to the acquisition of major UK chains including restaurants, hotels, licensed premises and leisure focused businesses (including urban golf and a snow dome)

Corporate

  • Advising on shareholders’ agreements and investments including in connection with luxury retail, hospitality, restaurants and licensed premises
  • Advising on the sale of a high-street retailer’s multi-million pound subsidiaries

Commercial

  • Bespoke supply of goods and services agreements for manufacturers and suppliers
  • Advising on the issues connected to sales agents and distribution arrangements in the UK and EU
  • Coordinating and advising on the preparation of standard terms of sale or supply, including for fashion and cosmetics businesses

Disputes

  • Advising on the redevelopment of the Former C&A flagship store in Oxford Street London and successfully bringing a High Court claim against the freeholder for unreasonable refusal of licence to permit alterations and licence for change of use.
  • Advising a large well known retailer and gym operator concerning a claim by a borough Council for payment of a BID levy
  • Major patent disputes concerning (i) a well-known pharmaceutical and (ii) a legendary gaming console
  • Using design rights to prevent sales of a distinctive dress by a major online retailer

Intellectual Property

  • IP filing strategy: Helping decide which rights to file, in what territories and when
  • IP licensing: Finding the right licences and licensing structure for businesses
  • IP audits: Revealing all IP details for better planning
  • IP strategy: Managing IP risks and maximising IP value
  • Anti-counterfeiting: Working with Customs, investigators and online platforms to stop counterfeit goods

Who have our Partners worked with?

  • A bastion of the modern High Street
  • Deptford Creative Consortium
  • Cathedral Group Plc
  • Warner Estates
  • AXA
  • A major luxury fashion house
  • The Plum Guide
  • eBay
  • Capital & Regional
  • Benchmark
  • London & Regional
  • Urban Golf
  • Urban Splash

“Nisha Aggarwal is a highly effective lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of real estate. Her dedication to the job combined with her responsiveness, personable nature and commercial approach make her a safe pair of hands that always delivers.”

– Lance Cantor, Director, Metropolitan & Suburban

“Rosie Burbidge is not only extremely capable, but also genuinely enthusiastic about intellectual property law.”

– Joe Adams, CFO, The Plum Guide

“David Curd is a conscientious, hard working and well connected lawyer. He is flexible and easily builds strong client relationships.”

– Managing Partner, Candesic

“Asad Ali’s legal advice and business support has been invaluable for my commercial ventures over the last 16 years. His speed of response, pragmatic approach and ability to cut through the jargon is both refreshing and reassuring.”

– Chris Nriapa, Marketing Director, Sentrysis Limited

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