"Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients."Legal 500, 2020
Retail: Possibly your best buying decision
At a glance
From household high street names to emerging companies pioneering new markets, we maximise value for all our retail clients. Advising on all aspects of retail, from real estate to employment, alternative finance to dispute resolution, means we’re thoroughly immersed in the industry. Our outlook is entrepreneurial and empathetic; we know good value when we see it, and that’s what we provide.
Nick AlfilléPartner, Head of Corporate
Alex BarnesPartner, Head of Tax
Zarko IankovPartner, Corporate
Joanne KellyPartner, Head of Construction
Nicola KravitzPartner, Head of Real Estate Private Client
Matthew LindsayPartner, Head of Banking & Finance
Victoria LowePartner, Real Estate
Alastair MossPartner, Co-Head of Real Estate
Stephen RavenscroftPartner, Head of Employment
Carl RohslerPartner, Head of Commercial, IP and Technology
Eugene O’KeeffeGeneral Counsel
Melanie BelfordSenior Associate
Craig JonesSenior Associate
Ayesha QayumSenior Associate
Clair PhillipsCommercial Property Executive
Aoife MarrettTrainee Solicitor
We are no longer in a traditional retail world. We’re now in an age where virtual sales outstrip physical transactions in many markets, and where customer loyalty can be lost overnight. To survive and prosper, you need legal advice that’s agile, informed and experienced.
Our long-standing relationships with many retail clients give us a real appreciation of the pressures and opportunities. We advise on acquisitions, such as helping a national garden centre chain expand, and disposals, including advising on Woolworths’ property portfolio.
Our expertise in corporate lending and alternative finance can help you fund redevelopments and stabilise your trading position. We can guide you on public to private ownership and vice versa, on planning and compulsory purchase, trademark protection, property litigation, employment, commercial contracts and more.
It’s often claimed, but in our case it’s true: for retail legal support, we really are your one-stop shop.
Acted as lead assistant to UK market leader in Garden Centres.
Advised on the conditional purchase and pre-let of a supermarket led scheme in South London.
Acted as lead adviser to major new UK carpets retailer in its expansion programme.
Advised a luxury retailer on the acquisition and disposal of various retail units in London (both freehold and leasehold).
Advised an international retailer on its initial entrance into the London market with a lease in Covent Garden.
Advised a well-known furniture and homeware retailer on the statutory renewal and termination of its extensive portfolio of UK leases.
Represented an international supermarket chain on the development of several London and South East sites