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Retail & Consumer

Working with Retailers

Working with Retailers

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Download: Retail's Digital Future Report

Download: Retail's Digital Future Report

A report published by Addleshaw Goddard and British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), created by Blackstock, discusses the emerging technology trends and the legal considerations and broader business implications these will have on the retail and real estate sectors. Download the report here.



Community Hub

Community Hub

At AG our clients and their teams are invited to be part of our sector community. As well as advising on the key sector issues and their legal implications we hold regular events, track key developments, provide regular know-how and views and connect up our clients with each other.



Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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Food and drink sector updates

Read all the latest news from the Food and Drink sector in our weekly update here.



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, Mars, 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.

Contact us

Andrew Rosling, Head of Retail and Consumer
020 7880 5613

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Download our horizon scanner for a summary of issues that may affect Retail and Consumer businesses.






Latest news, views and insights

Stay up to date with the latest news, views, and insights, from the retail and consumer sector.

The Consumer Rights Act: Strengthening Consumer Law

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 ("The Act") comes into force on 1 October 2015 updating consumer rights and remedies (Part 1) and restating the law in relation to unfair terms (Part 2) 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Directive and Online Dispute Resolution Regulation: Less than 2 weeks to go - September 2015

New rules on how businesses deal with contractual disputes with consumers come into force on 1 October 2015. The measures are designed to make it easier for disputes to be resolved in cross border and domestic transactions for both the sale of goods and supply of services. The aim is to streamline the dispute resolution process, encourage competition and promote consumer choice.

Competitive Edge - Retail and Consumer - September 2015

In this issue, we consider recent competition law trends in R&C, with a focus on merger remedies and a round-up of the latest developments

EU Data Protection Regulation Update - August 2015

Addleshaw Goddard's Data and Information team have been closely following the EU draft General Data Protection Regulation's (Regulation) legislative history. This special briefing provides up to date insights in to the latest developments.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 - AG Briefing - July 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) provides for all businesses which have a turnover of over £36m to publish an annual statement stating the steps that they have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their business or their supply chains. This requirement is expected to be brought into force no earlier than October 2015.

7 July 2015 - Addleshaw Goddard advises on sale of Gleneagles Hotel for Diageo

Addleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding client Diageo on the sale of the Gleneagles Hotel for an undisclosed sum to private investment company, Ennismore.

Competitive Edge - Retail and Consumer - July 2015

In this first issue, we consider recent competition law trends in R&C, with a focus on the Groceries Code Adjudicator and a round-up of the latest developments in the field.

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We work with flagship brand owners and manufacturers in the consumer sector, including ABF, BAT, Britvic, Diageo, Mars, McBride, Müller and PZ Cussons 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.

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At a time when the retail sector faces the most profound and seismic changes in consumer shopping habits, our market leading retail team remains dedicated to supporting retail clients. We do this by drawing on an expert knowledge of the law, paired with a genuine passion for, and experience in, all things retail.

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Food and Drink

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.

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Household and Personal Care

Addleshaw Goddard has expertise and experience across all the key legal disciplines required by the Household and Personal Care sector, a fact recognised by a wide range of clients including GSK, PZ Cussons and Jeyes.

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International expansion

If you are expanding into new markets be sure to consider the legal and practical challenges you may face. Find out more

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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.

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