Retail is a challenging industry. With dynamic trends, extraordinary logistics, price challenging and the rise of the connected consumer, retailers have to adapt quickly. If you are a retailer in today’s market, you need lawyers that understand the challenges, and are able to provide solutions to enable your business to gain that all-important competitive advantage. Our dedicated retail lawyers provide strategic advice to UK and global retailers to help them achieve their objectives.

We advise household names and international brands, including John Lewis Partnership, Harrods, Waterstones, and Victoria's Secret, on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters in the retail sector.

Areas of focus

Our specialist retail lawyers provide the full range of legal services including the following:

  • Corporate and commercial contracts.
  • Health and safety and regulatory matters.
  • Specialist grocery regulation.
  • IT, IP, online trading and data-security.
  • Logistics and distribution.
  • Real estate acquisition, disposal, leasing and portfolio management.
  • Competition.
  • Employment.

Acting for the John Lewis Partnership on all aspects of its day to day operation, including real estate and planning, employment, commercial contracts and regulatory matters.

Acting for Waterstones on all aspects of its 180 UK wide property portfolio.

Acting for a number of major UK retailers on their UK legal requirements.

Acting for AEG on its retail development of the O2 Arena in London.

Acting for London Development Capital on its investment in health food retailer Vital Ingredients.

Meet the team
Matthew Sims

Matthew Sims Partner

  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
Headshot of Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Richard Clark partner

Richard Clark Partner

  • Offices
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial and Logistics
Roger Bull

Roger Bull Managing Partner

  • Managing Partner 
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Food and Farming
  • Food and Drink
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Private Wealth Disputes
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

  • Head of Scottish Real Estate 
  • Real Estate Advisory
  • Real Estate Investment

Key contact

Matthew Sims

Matthew Sims Partner

  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
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