Retail is a challenging industry. With dynamic trends, extraordinary logistics, price challenging and the rise of the connected consumer, retailers have to adapt quickly. If you are operating in today’s retail market, you need lawyers that understand the challenges, and are able to provide solutions to enable your business to gain that all-important competitive advantage. Our dedicated retail lawyers provide strategic advice to UK and global retailers and those working in the retail sector to help them achieve their objectives.

We advise household names and international brands, including John Lewis Partnership, Harrods, Waterstones, and Victoria's Secret, on a broad range of real estate matters as well as investors, developers and funders of retail assets.

Areas of focus

Our specialist retail lawyers provide the full range of legal services including the following:

  • Corporate and commercial contracts.
  • Health and safety and regulatory matters.
  • Specialist grocery regulation.
  • IT, IP, online trading and data-security.
  • Logistics and distribution.
  • Real estate acquisition, disposal, leasing and portfolio management.
  • Competition.
  • Employment.

Acting for the John Lewis Partnership on all aspects of its day to day operation, including real estate and planning, employment, commercial contracts and regulatory matters.

Acting for Waterstones on all aspects of its 180 UK wide property portfolio.

Acting for a number of major UK retailers on their UK legal requirements.

Acting for AEG on its retail development of the O2 Arena in London.

Meet the team
Matthew Sims

Matthew Sims Partner

  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
Headshot of Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Head of Food and Drink
  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Richard Clark partner

Richard Clark Partner

  • Offices
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial and Logistics
Roger Bull

Roger Bull Managing Partner

  • Managing Partner 
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

  • Head of Scottish Real Estate 
  • Real Estate Advisory
  • Real Estate Investment

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