It’s no secret that the nature of retail is evolving. While the UK high street has seen big brands depart, online retailing is enjoying a boom period.

If your business is involved in the retail sector, our specialist lawyers can help you navigate these turbulent times. We have a broad range of clients, such as River Island and Thorntons, so you can trust that we have the experience to support your company.

Retail businesses in the UK face a number of challenges. These include changes in consumer behaviour, the decline of UK High Streets, economic uncertainty, evolving technology and the increasing burden of regulation. We’ll help you respond to these challenges, drawing on our experience in the sector to protect your brand, or take advantage of new opportunities.

Our retail lawyers can help you with a range of legal issues, including:

  • Real estate
    Buying and selling freehold and leasehold retail stores and other premises, and advising on your property portfolio.
  • Brand management
    Protecting, managing and promoting your brand and reputation we can also advise on your intellectual property and social media presence.
  • People
    Advising on employment issues, HR matters and employment contracts, we’ll also make sure you have the right insurance in place.
  • Technology and data
    Working with you to manage and put in place new IT systems and processes and help you comply with data regulations.
  • Commercial
    Advising on ecommerce and drafting IT contracts.
  • Growth
    We can help your business grow through raising funds through public or private debt or equity and help with corporate mergers, acquisitions or restructuring.
  • Environment
    Negotiating key contracts relating to sustainable products and packaging.
  • Managing risks and disputes
    Helping you avoid risks to your business and representing you in commercial or property related disputes, or regulatory and criminal investigations.
  • Restructuring and insolvency
    Advising on your options what the next steps are if your company enters into administration or liquidation.

Our lawyers work with a wide range of retail clients – from garden centres to high street fashion brands. With a client list that spans the whole retail supply chain, we have a deep knowledge of the sector.

We help clients deal with the major issues facing the sector. Whether you're transforming your business to take advantage of digital and technological advances or dealing with the impact of GDPR, we have the expertise needed to help.

We can also help you deal with uncertainty in the economy, with Brexit leading many businesses to review their supply chains, trade and staffing arrangements. Our employment law and commercial teams offer legal and strategic guidance on these complex subjects.

Contact Us

If you operate in the retail sector, our specialist lawyers provide a full range of legal services. Give our friendly team a call on 0808 291 4133 or get in touch online.

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Overcoming Disruption in the Consumer Sector

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What does 2022 have in store for the consumer sector? Our latest report explains the recent challenges that have affected consumer businesses, and what's likely to continue disrupting the sector in the future. It will also provide recommendations from both our legal teams and the CBI.

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