The retail sector is one of the most fast-moving, and therefore challenging. Retailers must keep up with an ever-changing marketplace, both in terms of their customers’ tastes and the way in which they sell their products.
This means that our specialist lawyers in this field need to keep fully abreast of changes, so that they can ensure our clients are never behind the curve. Our team also focuses on the practical nature of retailing and the need to always consider how a legal provision might operate in this environment, whether through a busy store or shopping centre or using e-tail channels. Our lawyers don’t just advise on the law, but help our clients with the commercial implications of legal decisions.
We act for occupiers, shopping centre owners and developers of mixed use schemes (which include retail, leisure and residential elements) for national, regional and start-up players, as well as for leading international retailers coming to or expanding their business in the UK. While we particularly focus on property matters (including acquisitions, developments and asset management) our broad team encompasses employment, commercial, IT/IP, tax and corporate expertise to allow us to provide a fully comprehensive service to our clients.
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Acts for retailers and leisure sector operators. “We find them very responsive… they offer solutions rather than just bringing us problems.”
The practice is also noted as being ‘a very good source for guidance in difficult transactional situations’, and in one highlight Nick Mumby acted for Aldgate Tower Investments on its £346m sale to a joint venture between China Life and Brookfield Property Partners. Other names to note include the highly recommended Gideon Dabby-Joory, who represented an offshore private family trust on the £35m disposal of a brownfield site for development in St Pancras, and senior associate Amanda Hado-Bodfield, who ‘gets the deal done’. In the retail sector, high-end tenant clients include Roche Bobois and Jurlique UK. The ‘very insightful’ Richard Reuben leads the team.
Fladgate LLP’s Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with NISA as part of its acquisition of 140 convenience stores from Morrisons. In another highlight, Alan Wetterhahn assisted BGO with an online and TV advertising campaign. Other clients include Digital Cinema Media and Krannich Solar.
Broad range of financial services experience across multiple industries, including hotels, retail, tax and offshore structures, and the education sector. Regularly instructed by both borrower and lender clients on high-value and complex acquisitions and refinancings. Head of department Kim McMurray [is described] as “commercial, energetic and approachable.”
[Fladgate’s real estate litigation team] advises clients on a range of complex disputes. Offers notable expertise in the hotel and leisure, retail, telecoms and high-value residential property sectors. “Fladgate has the balance right – they communicate amongst each other and they aren’t drowning in their own importance!”
Well regarded in the private client and family trusts investment space. Also acts for retailers and leisure sector operators. “We find them very responsive and understanding of our business. They understand the commercial implications of the legal points; they offer solutions rather than just bringing us problems.”
A wide [construction] practice particularly active in waste to energy projects, property development for retail, hotels and student accommodation, and construction-related health and safety issues. “Good solid team, quite specialist, and they know what they’re doing.”