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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: The year ahead at a glance

In order to help you to anticipate and plan for the year ahead, we have created our 'at a glance' planner for 2016, flagging specific diary landmarks and also monitoring various ongoing sector themes across the year.

Click below to download our full planner, including articles and updates on the featured themes.


Download: legal horizon scanner

As well as regular updates and commentaries on sectoral news we pro-actively track the legal issues and challenges on the horizon. We have developed a 'Horizon Scanner' tool which allows our clients to see the upcoming changes to legislation and how these will affect businesses in the sector.

Download the horizon scanner here or email to receive the latest updates.



Download: events brochure

Download our events brochure to see what we have coming up for our sector clients.





Latest news, views and insights

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

GCA finds Tesco breached Groceries Code on Payment Delays - 26 January 2015

Tesco told to introduce significant changes to its practices and systems

GCA: Investigation into Tesco - January 2016

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.

Retail Surgery: Customer Data (Retail Week) - December 2015

Read our December Retail Surgery article for retail week, on how retailers can strike the right balance in using customer data.

Competitive Edge: Retail & Consumer December 2015

Read this month's updates on competition law for retail and consumer businesses

Update: The Insurance Act 2015 - October 2015

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.

International Update: Food Law in India - October 2015

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.

The Modern Slavery Act: Update - October 2015

In July, we wrote about section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which obliges 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. Following the publication of new legislation and guidance, we have produced an update to give you greater clarity on how and when a supply chain statement must be published,

Our services

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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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