Our goal is to help retail and consumer businesses succeed, we're genuinely passionate about using our knowledge of the law to respond to your business challenges.
Our market leading legal team works closely with some of the most well known brands in the retail and consumer sector, from leading multichannel retailers, other high street occupiers such as restaurants, pubs and coffee chains, to household consumer goods brands and food and drink businesses. We advise our clients on all aspects of their legal requirements, from strategic acquisitions to loyalty programmes, and from brand management to store portfolio reviews.
The team's expertise has long been acknowledged - we're recognised by the legal directories as leading advisors to the sector, and the feedback we receive from clients consistently supports that opinion. The retailers and household brands we advise include Associated British Foods, B&Q, Britvic, Diageo, Hobbs, PZ Cussons, Primark, and Sainsbury's.
To find out more about how our retail and consumer legal expertise can add value to your business, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Andrew Rosling, Head of Retail and Consumer
020 7880 5613
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Stay up to date with the latest news, views, and insights, from the retail and consumer sector.
The long-awaited Trunki decision was handed down last month – was it simply bad news for one UK entrepreneur or, as Associate Rachel Cook explores in Intellectual Property Magazine, bad news for the wider creative industries too?
When fashion designer Karen Millen sold her eponymous business in 2004 trademarks bearing her name went with it, but does that stop her using her own name in other business ventures? Associate Rachel Cook discusses in Intellectual Property Magazine.
What are the key considerations for retail and consumer businesses? Read more here.
The stage is set, the campaigning underway and, in less than three months, the UK must decide on whether its future lies within or outside of the EU. Initial polls, so far, suggest a closely-run campaign with results too close to call. Read more on what the implications of a Brexit for the retail and consumer sector may be here.
We may be only a few months into 2016, but already we have seen some casualties on the high street with the likes of Ben Sherman, Brantano, Beales and BHS all requiring financial intervention. What is the outlook for the rest of 2016? - Read more here.
31 March 2016 is a key date in the life of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Businesses whose financial year ended on that date are the first who are required to publish an annual supply chain transparency statement. Read more here.
Read this month's updates on competition law for retail and consumer businesses
Download our article on plans for food waste reduction and the associated legal issues
The EU Commission's ODR platform is due to go live on 15 February 2016, following a five-week delay.
Tesco told to introduce significant changes to its practices and systems
The GCA has published the results of the investigation into Tesco. we have prepared a briefing summarising the findings and recommendations from the GCA's report which can be downloaded here.
Read our December Retail Surgery article for retail week, on how retailers can strike the right balance in using customer data.
Read this month's updates on competition law for retail and consumer businesses
The Insurance Act 2015 ("Act") was given Royal Assent in February 2015 and comes into force on 12 August 2016. It will apply to all new policies (and to some variations of existing policies) entered into after that date. The Act will not have retrospective effect.
The Act is the first major overhaul of business insurance law since the 1906 Marine Insurance Act; the changes will affect all Retail & Consumer sector businesses, i.e. the Act will affect the rights of policyholders/insureds under product liability, D&O, E&O, financial lines, business interruption and cyber insurance policies (to name but a few). Click here to read our briefing on the changes and how it affects businesses in the sector.
On June 5, 2015, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) imposed a ban on Nestle India Limited preventing it from manufacturing, distributing and selling its leading instant food product brand, Maggi Noodles. Click here to view Majmudar's full briefing which discusses the reasons for the ban, the FSSAI’s arbitrary approach, the remedial actions taken by the Indian judiciary, steps that foreign investors should take to avoid these types of issues, and whether these attempts will be seen as adequate by foreign investors.
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We work closely with some of the best known brands in the retail and consumer sector, from leading multichannel retailers, other high street occupiers such as restaurants, pubs and coffee chains, through to household consumer goods brandowners and food and drink businesses. We advise our clients on all aspects of their legal requirements, from strategic acquisitions to loyalty programmes, from brand management to store portfolio reviews, from product recalls to long term critical partnerships.
The retail sector is undergoing profound change at an extraordinary pace: our market-leading team works with flagship retailers to help them to adapt fast, to sieze their opportunities and address their business-critical challenges.
We work with flagship brand owners and manufacturers in the consumer sector, including ABF, BAT, Britvic, Diageo, McBride, Müller, PZ Cussons and Reckitt Benckiser as well as smaller businesses and start ups in the sector. We connect with clients from board room to factory floor, we help with key strategic deals and also day to day operational challenges. Our experts cover the full value chain, from key supplier deals, through production issues, to distribution and consumer-facing challenges.
We work with flagship brand owners and manufacturers in the food and drink sector including Associated British Foods, Britvic, Diageo and Mars as well as smaller businesses and start ups. Our experience in working with FMCG businesses from manufacture to retail gives us the ideal platform from which to work with food and drink sector clients across a wide range of legal requirements. We combine our depth of technical experience across our practice areas with dedicated food and drink client specialists.
Health and Beauty
We work with flagship brand owners and manufacturers in the health & beauty sector, including Clinigen, GSK, Grace Cole, Jemella, Jeyes, McBride, PZ Cussons and Reckitt Benckiser as well as smaller businesses and start ups in the sector. We connect with clients from board room to factory floor, we help with key strategic deals and also day to day operational challenges. Our experts cover the full value chain, from key supplier deals, through production issues, to distribution and consumer-facing challenges.
With clients including Pizza Express, ASK Restaurants, Joseph Holt, Admiral Taverns and Jackson's Bakery, we have extensive experience in the Restaurants and Bars sector, particularly in relation to Corporate Finance and Private Equity transactions.
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With the evolution of new technologies and consumer habits, customers are becoming more savvy and demanding than ever. They can price-check, research and order on the go, and shop whenever and wherever they want. New trends are emerging and evolving all the time, and the ability to respond quickly to the arising challenges and to make the most of these opportunities is a priority. We help our clients do this.