Multi-disciplinary legal team providing dynamic and relevant advice across the retail and consumer sector
With specialists aligned to the industry's requirements, we support international retailers across the breadth of their supply chains– from sourcing materials and goods, managing logistics and operations to supplying customers.
Staying relevant in a continually evolving and highly competitive market means our clients must build longevity into their brands and products and they need lawyers who can work to develop, protect and maintain their business.
Customer demand and satisfaction, whether providing positive consumer shopping experiences in traditional "bricks and mortar" or technologically driven omni-channel sales techniques, is becoming increasingly challenging. However, the operational aspects of running a business remain essential: maintaining oversight of supply, portfolio management, resourcing, corporate governance and regulation issues are becoming increasingly complex, particularly for those operating in the global marketplace. Moreover, when problems arise and product integrity, brand reputation or commercial viability is tested, the stakes are high.
Through our long-standing heritage in international trade, insurance, dispute resolution and property, we have established an enviable global offering, assisting clients (from independents to multinationals) across the full legal requirements of their endeavours. Recognising the fast pace of the industry, we respond quickly and assiduously to the legal needs of participants.
Having worked closely with international retail clients and broader real estate stakeholders (including developers), we understand the challenges and opportunities within the retail property environment.
"Bricks and mortar" stores, particularly flagship stores, remain an essential customer sales experience, despite the increase in online and multi-channel retailing. In recognition of this, we ensure you are protected when establishing and registering individual stores, negotiating with landlords and signing heads of terms and leasing arrangements.
From conception to completion, our global construction and real estate group advise on fit-out or refurbishment of stores, as well as warehouses and factories. We also have dedicated planning and real estate litigation teams who handle the full range of landlord and tenant work. In line with market trends, we are increasingly sought out to work with clients on unique real estate retail formats, such as pop-ups and concept stores.
Our integrated international real estate offering assists retail clients across their global footprint and we have a proven track record assisting market-leading retail brands with their entry into new markets such as Australia, the UK, the Middle East and Asia.