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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


Scope of the business obligation for employers to provide a dining room for employees in the work centre

Throughout 2017, the High Courts of Justice of Madrid, Andalusia, the Basque Country and Extremadura have issued several judgments which serve as a reminder of the existence of the business

Written on: 21st Feb 2018

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Regulatory Outlook | Consumer Protection | January 2018

Current issues Ban on surcharging for card payments Applying surcharges to consumers for paying by particular payment methods (most commonly for payments by credit or debit card), is now against

Written on: 19th Jan 2018

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What will 2018 bring us in terms of employment matters?

In contrast to 2017, which has been characterized for its lack of legislative changes in employment and Social Security matters, important regulatory changes are envisaged in 2018 in employment matters

Written on: 19th Jan 2018

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