We act for some of the leading UK High Street names and some of the largest retailers in Continental Europe and Asia. We also advise on clothes and food.

The long-standing relationships we have with clients in this sector allow us to provide strategic and commercial advice of the highest quality.

Our multi-specialist approach means that we understand of the commercial and legal issues that arise in this sector.

Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel when advising on these matters.

We advise our retail clients across all practice areas.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Alliance Boots on a recommended offer by AB Acquisitions.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) on obtaining a high court injunction against Freshfields preventing it acting for a consortium led by Philip Green on a potential bid for M&S.

Kesa Electricals, the UK electrical goods and furniture retailer, on the disposal of Comet and BUT International, a French furniture and electrical appliance retailer.

New Look, a leading UK fast fashion retailer, on its proposed flotation on the London Stock Exchange.

Compagnie Financière Richemont, the online luxury fashion retailer, on its offer to acquire Net-A-Porter Limited.

Ocado, the online grocery delivery business on the renegotiation of its sourcing and branding arrangements with Waitrose.

Burberry on the acquisition of stores and related assets in China.

House of Fraser on an offer by Highland Acquisitions.

Marks and Spencer on all IP and commercial aspects of UK franchising agreements relating to the UK SIMPLY FOOD brand and, in relation to its international franchising into different territories.

Asda on the Competition Commission market inquiry into the supply of groceries and the OFT's investigation into dairy products.

The Arsenal Football Club in connection with their global sponsorship, licensing, retail and merchandising arrangements with Nike.

Our clients include:

  • ASDA
  • Burberry
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Kesa Electricals
  • Marks and Spencer
  • New Look
  • Ocado