Retail

Our experience in the retail sector allows us to advise you at every point of your operation – be it through global expansion, store or business acquisitions, franchising, licensing, protecting your trademarks and brand, advice around supply-chain and partnering agreements, recruiting and dismissing staff from store to board room, or managing your property portfolio, our team have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve sustainable growth.

We have a wide range of clients, from start-ups to household brands both national and global, including: Accolade Wines, Aquability, Carlton Health & Beauty, Cineworld, COOK Trading, Craggy Island Climbing Centre, Godiva, Kuoni, Land Securities, Lindex, Papa John’s, Pepe’s Piri Piri, Squires Kitchen Sugarcraft, TGI Fridays, T.M. Lewin and Vom Fass.

Our team regularly advises on the following areas:

  • Set up and establishment of business including
    - Incorporation of companies;
    - Drafting corporate documents and making filings.
  • The supply chain including:
    - Supply agreements;
    - Terms and conditions of sale;
    - Distribution and agency agreements;
    - Logistics, warehousing and manufacturing.
  • Multi channel retailing including:
    - E-commerce terms and conditions including cookies policy, browser website terms;
    - Outsourcing of e-commerce and information technology procurement;
    - Compliance with consumer legislation;
    - Customer loyalty programmes including store cards and consumer credit.
  • Property issues including:
    - Acquisition and disposal of retail space and general portfolio management;
    - Acting for retailers acquiring new premises including flagship stores in major retail developments, inc. Westfield;
    - Franchisee underleases and concessions;
    - Dispute resolution advice including break provisions and dilapidations.
  • Staffing requirements including:
    - Shop floor, back office and boardroom employment law issues;
    - Using interns, temps, freelancers, zero-hours contracts and other work arrangements;
    - Sponsoring migrant workers and immigration compliance;
    - Benefits, including pensions and stock option plans.
  • Brand protection and counterfeit including:
    - Intellectual property protection and licensing;
    - Takedown notices and enforcement advice
    - Intellectual property audits;
    - Online reputation management;
    - Comparative Advertising.
  • Strategic growth including:
    - Franchising and licensing arrangements;
    - International expansion advice;
    - Sales and acquisitions;
    - Corporate finance advice and corporate tax advice.
  • Financing including:
    - Investment and bank financing;
    - Equipment leasing. 
  • Solvent restructuring including:
    - Group simplification and demergers;
    - Renegotiation of banking covenants, debt rescheduling and debt/equity swaps;
    - Dealing with insolvency of customers/suppliers and franchisees/franchisors.
  • Dispute resolution and risk management including:
    - Failures in the supply chain;
    - International arbitration advice including qualified arbitrators;
    - Mediation advice.
  • Compliance and regulatory including:
    - Anti-bribery training and policies;
    - Data protection policies and advice;
    - Directors’ liability advice and training;
    - Competition law advice;
    - Product liability;
    - Health and safety issues;
    - Consumer credit advice;
    - Advertising and marketing advice.

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