The UK’s fashion industry is one of its most creative sectors, with a well-deserved reputation for innovation.

Whatever role you play in this dynamic industry, Fladgate’s cross-firm team of legal specialists is well placed to enable you to respond to the opportunities presented in a multi-channel environment that now covers bricks and mortar, concessions, joint ventures, online boutiques and catalogue.

Our fashion team advises individuals and business in relation to the acquisition of real estate, the employment of staff, negotiations with suppliers, developing a brand, protecting and exploiting intellectual property rights, celebrity endorsements, e-commerce issues, licensing and franchising, distribution and agency agreements, corporate transactions and dispute resolution.

Our breadth of expertise is evident from our range of clients, which includes major luxury brands, well-known high street retailers, wholesalers, model agencies, hairstylists and colourists, designers, creative directors, and other senior executives, as well as investors in the fashion sector.

The partner-led, highly personalised service that is the hallmark of our firm’s approach ensures that our clients benefit from continuity, clear communication and the responsiveness of an effective business partner.

If you have any questions or queries please call Taj on +44 (0)20 3036 7349 or email

If you have any questions or queries please call Michael on +44 (0)20 3036 7380 or email

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  • World-renowned shoe designer and retailer – advising on its e-commerce and data protection; preparing their ecommerce trading platform documents including terms and conditions and privacy policy.
  • The Muse – preparation of user-specific terms and conditions and privacy policy for a new fashion website, Muse provides users with a fashion community site, including content and chat relating to fashion, fashion videos and style guides.
  • A well known high street fashion chain – senior executive reshuffle.
  • Internationally–renowned jewellery designer – terms of employment, the reacquisition of the company that bears his name, and the subsequent sale of that company to a private-equity led consortium of investors.
  • Lipsy – £17.4m disposal by the shareholders of this fashion brand to clothing retailer, Next.
  • Alok Industries Limited – raising of US$35m through a listing of convertible bonds on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and restructuring of its UK retail business.
  • Graeme Ellisdon Limited/Osprey – trademark issues in connection with brand delimitation agreements, passing off disputes and infringement matters arising in Vietnam and China.
  • Byford (Hong Kong) – acting in connection with its first London store on New Bond Street.
  • CK Morgan – acting in garment design rights disputes including High Court proceedings alleging design copyright infringement.
  • Richard Mille Middle East and Africa Ltd – advising the EMEA distributor of the exclusive Richard Mille brand of watches on distribution agreement issues throughout its territory.
  • High profile model agency – terms of employment, remuneration, maternity policies and the post-termination competitive activity of former employees.
  • Major high street fashion retailer – management restructures, disciplinary and dismissal issues, and commercial agreements with consultants and JV partners.
  • Well–known German department store chain – defending a former director against a £20m claim brought by investors.