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Retail & consumer goods

We advise many of the UK's leading retailers and consumer goods businesses. Our clients represent over 10,000 stores, 500,000 employees and £50 billion of retail sales.

We have genuine industry understanding across a diverse range of issues, offering advice in context and solutions that work in this dynamic marketplace.

We work with a wide range of multi-site, multi-channel retailers. Our clients include supermarket chains, fashion brands, home improvement stores, FMCG manufacturers, shopping centres and pure-play online retailers. We also have strength in related areas such as banking, financial services and energy; increasingly relevant as the sector diversifies.

We can provide high-level, project-based strategic legal advice, as well as support for in-house teams on day-to-day matters.

Our expertise spans the full range of legal issues from sourcing products, freight forwarding, advertising, merchandising, brand protection, data protection and customer insights, through distribution, warehousing and fulfilment, to trading standards, consumer protection at the point of sale, employment, estate management and retail structures such as international franchising.

We also have experience supporting on corporate transactions, outsourcing projects and contract management for retailers.

Excellent service is a fundamental part of what we do and we have a demonstrable track record of doing it. We give careful thought to your requirements and priorities and then focus on delivering for you in a simple, practical way.

If you chose to work with us, we'll focus on adding value to your business wherever we can. For example, we capture and share our insights through an annual Retail Growth Strategies report that focuses on the growth and investment plans for the top 60 major retailers.

Download our Retail Risk Report 2018 to find out all of the legal and regulatory changes that will affect retailers this year.


  • Advising WHSmith on a major programme of international franchising, by appointing franchisees to operate its stores at major travel hubs and retail destinations across the world.
  • Advising French Connection on an outsourced warehousing agreement and on their international freight forwarding arrangements.
  • Advising Sainsbury's on a wide range of employment and commercial matters.
  • Advising Argos on a wide range of intellectual property, design right and commercial matters.
  • Advising a global fashion retailer on the procurement of an e-commerce platform for its websites worldwide.
  • Advising a wide range of major retailers on property acquisitions, disposals and estate management matters.

Our clients

  • Argos
  • Clarks
  • French Connection
  • Homebase
  • Pets at Home
  • Sainsbury's 
  • The Co-operative Group 
  • WHSmith plc

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