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Our retail lawyers are legal experts in the buying, building, branding and operation of retail businesses.

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Our advice is relevant and up-to-date/modern – helped because many of our team are ex-retail, either via secondment or prior careers and the depth of our experience in technology. We act for household-name retailers and in-demand brands.

Our leading international team is advising on everything from eCommerce, payments and brand, right through to employee and property issues, fulfilment, franchises and corporate governance and regulation across multiple jurisdictions.


Cotswold Outdoor

Acted as outdoor retailer Cotswold Outdoor's sole UK adviser on real estate.

Pernod Ricard

Advised Pernod Ricard SA on a broad range of issues, including regulatory and real estate issues.

French Connection

Acted as global fashion retailer French Connection's sole UK adviser on real estate matters.


Advised RWE on the implementation and operation of public WiFi networks in all REWE stores in Germany; the advice also included the negotiation of all relevant provider/sales agreements.

Patisserie Holdings plc

Advised Patisserie Holdings plc on a successful £170 million AIM IPO and £80 million placing for the leading branded casual dining group.


Advised UK mobile carrier EE as a panel member, including on an MVNO with BT, confidential government-related tender work, the establishment of a joint venture for advertising and payments, and a broad range of commercial contract work.


Advised Fossil on a multichannel sales strategy across complex jurisdictions, including distribution and tiered franchising.

Dreams Limited

Managing a large investigation in an OFT / CMA dispute concerning consumer protection issues.


Advised UK luxury brand Mulberry on a broad range of work, including brand enforcement, commercial contracts and real estate.

Marks & Spencer

Advise global retailer Marks & Spencer on a broad range of work, including the roll-out of Simply Food stores, French real estate issues, consumer credit agreements, commercial litigation and strategic employment advice.


Advised British automotive and camping equipment retailer Halford on UK real estate matters.

Fever Tree Drinks plc

Advised Fever Tree, the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, on a successful £154 million AIM IPO and £93 million placing of shares.

Ralph Lauren

Advise luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren on all UK real estate and employment work, including their new flagship store on London's Regent Street.


Advised Italian shoe and clothing retailer Geox on corporate compliance issues, lease agreements, employment law matters and commercial contracts.

Majestic Wine

Advised Majestic, the UK's largest wine specialist retailer, on its £70m acquisition of Naked Wines International Limited, the international online wine business.


Fact #26

We represented Marks & Spencer in its High Court and ECJ trade mark infringement proceedings with Interflora

Retail and consumer


Morrisons found vicariously liable for mass data breach caused by employee

In a judgment handed down on 1 December 2017, Morrisons has been found vicariously liable for the act of one of its employees, who posted personal data of 100,000 other employees

Written on: 1st Dec 2017

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Copyright escapes Geo-Blocking Regulation but other retail websites will need to comply in 2018

EU negotiators agree to “end” unjustified geo-blocking Eighteen months after publication of the legislative proposal on geo-blocking, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached a political agreement

Written on: 23rd Nov 2017

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: competition in action or a regulatory headache?

In recent years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become firmly established with UK consumers as major retail events. This year, average spend per consumer is expected to grow further,

Written on: 22nd Nov 2017

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