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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.



The Changing Face of Retail

The Changing Face of Retail

The retail and consumer market is changing. Across the UK and beyond, retailers and FMCG suppliers in every sector face unprecedented challenges; challenges which are changing the face of the market, and the fate of retail and consumer businesses, forever. Read more about these challenges and how we are helping clients respond to them.



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.



Recent event

Recent event

On October 30th, 2014, Addleshaw Goddard's Retail and Consumer team hosted Professor Chris Elliott, food security expert and author of the government's independent review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks. Follow this link to access an overview of the issues discussed.



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: horizon scanner

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


Latest news, views & insights





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

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.

Counterfeit Olive Oil? How olive tree disease is spreading to the UK - 21 March 2015

Italian fraud investigators have warned British shoppers to beware of counterfeit olive oil that poses serious health risks.

4th March 2015 - AG advises REN Skincare on its sale to Unilever

Addleshaw Goddard has advised the shareholders of REN Skincare in relation to Unilever's agreement to acquire the iconic natural cosmetics brand. The acquisition is expected to complete in May following usual regulatory clearances.

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.

Download our Consumer credentials in full

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.

Download our Retail credentials in full

Food & 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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