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From the surge of social and eCommerce platforms and sustainable consumer habits, to slicker omni-channel strategies and shopping innovations such as in-store technology and AI – retail is one of the most exciting and changeable industries out there.

Retail is one of the firm’s most prominent sectors, our national team work with over 400 retailers and brands in the UK and internationally. Our dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in this fast-moving sector, not only understand the demands that retailers face, but also the opportunities the sector presents.

We also recognise the retail sector encompasses many types of businesses, which is why we have a number a key sub-sectors, all with specialist teams who truly understand the opportunities and challenges and can tailor advice accordingly – luxury and high street brands, beauty and personal care, fashion, home, grocery, automotive, and betting & gaming.

So whether you’re a luxury brand, a high street favourite, a fast growing start up or an eCommerce business, we can offer you tailor-made guidance to help you thrive in your field.

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Philippa Dempster - PartnerFor further information please contact:
Philippa Dempster
Senior Partner & Managing Partner – London Office
T: 0345 050 3203
E: philippa.dempster@freeths.co.uk

Why choose Freeths? The Legal 500 2023 logo

  • We offer specialist advice that is to the point, jargon free and balance sheet accountable
  • You will benefit from the reassurance of fixed fee pricing and our market-leading 24/7 service
  • We have an in-depth understanding of retail and can give you advice on the latest trends
  • You can expect speed, accuracy, innovation and cost-efficiency to give your brand the advantage
  • We have developed two dedicated products to help retailers manage their assets – the hub for staff management and portfolio solutions to keep on top of key property dates

Our partner-led service is tailored to your requirements, so you get exactly what you want.

We work across a wide range of products and sectors, giving us the legal expertise to maximise your effectiveness. We appreciate the power of the brand and the need to keep you trading.

We have an active retail community, and run a series of events, including the future of retail webinars and roundtables, and our trending now vlog series. All of which is supported by horizon scanning, thought leadership and regular update reports on the hot sector trends. Click here to subscribe to our mailing lists to keep up to date with the latest information and seminar invites for your sector.

Meet the team

Retail Lawyers


Richard Beverley

Richard Beverley
Managing Partner

0345 634 2577

Philippa Dempster

Philippa Dempster
Managing Partner

0345 050 3203

Liz Banks

Liz Banks
Partner

0345 030 5744

Simon Barker

Simon Barker
Partner

0345 634 2583

Iain Bowler
Partner

0345 030 5767

Lucy Bradban
Partner

0345 126 3494

Lee Clifford

Lee Clifford
Partner

0345 634 2586

Luke Dixon
Partner

0345 404 4162

Lisa Gilligan

Lisa Gilligan
Partner

0345 272 5723

Rebecca Howlett

Rebecca Howlett
Partner

0345 166 6338

Atiyya Khaliq

Atiyya Khaliq
Partner

0345 050 3604

Clare King

Clare King
Partner

0345 128 6950

David Lane

David Lane
Partner

0345 050 3684

Philip Myers

Philip Myers
Partner

0345 030 5758

Dahren Naidoo

Dahren Naidoo
Partner

0345 030 5743

Mark Neale
Partner

0345 077 9626

Martin Noble
Partner

0345 030 5699

Clive Pearce

Clive Pearce
Partner

0345 128 6990

Kevin Poulter
Partner

0345 404 4133

Isobel Radford
Partner

0345 050 3610

Rebecca Sawbridge

Rebecca Sawbridge
Partner

0345 634 2589

Emily Settle

Emily Settle
Partner

0345 126 4366

Jon Smart

Jon Smart
Partner

0345 050 3650

Matt Stephens

Matt Stephens
Partner

0345 073 8558

Nick Sutton
Partner

0345 077 9567

Ian Tempest

Ian Tempest
Partner

0345 274 6818

Laura Tracey - Employment Lawyer

Laura Tracey
Partner

0345 166 6349

Darren Williamson

Darren Williamson
Partner

0345 634 1742

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Mark Alexander
Director

0345 634 2562

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis
Director

0345 128 7983

Fiona Powell

Fiona Powell
Director

0345 272 5719

Retail

Roger Gough
Consultant

0345 030 5718

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews
Managing Associate

0345 166 6261

Natalia Aguilar - Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Natalia Aguilar
Senior Associate

0345 077 9577

Ella Carroll
Senior Associate

0345 017 6020

Rachel Clack
Senior Associate

0345 272 5720

Retail

Sam Jones
Senior Associate

0345 272 5672

Ben Cox
Associate

0345 030 5641

Aamir Hussain
Associate

0345 128 7989

Fiona Lawson

Fiona Lawson
Associate

0345 128 7979

Chris Musgrave
Associate

0345 166 6260

Amy Platt
Associate

0345 166 6267

Sharon Rai
Associate

0345 077 9610

Sarah Röbin
Associate

0781 409 3285

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Testimonials

"Paul Smith likes to adopt a relaxed approach to business. Richard fits into this style with ease and consistently provides us with sound commercial advice."

(Company Secretary at Paul Smith)

"I've worked with the team at Freeths in respect of a number of leading fashion retailers and have been consistently impressed by the speed and standard of their service."

(CWM)

"‘The [retail] team understand our business and culture therefore providing both pragmatic and tailored support."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"They've shown a real understanding of our sector and give clear and practical advice. They're been particularly helpful with new entrants to the UK market."

"Sarah has acted for Hotel Chocolat for over ten years on most of our property requirements. Sarah is first class, professional, completely trustworthy and I can always rely on her to get the deal done quickly and efficiently."

(Peter Harris, Co-Founder & Development Director of Hotel Chocolat)

"Having worked with Atiyya on several projects over the past four years I have always found her to be extremely thorough and responsive in her approach to our legal requirements. Atiyya is very good at spotting sensitive details and squeezing the maximum benefit for the client through the legal process."

(Piers Barnes, Finance Director, Helly Hansen)

"With close to 300 stores nationwide, The Money Shop frequently faces property management issues such as contested and uncontested lease renewals, dilapidations disputes, contested rent reviews and unreasonable service charge demands by landlords. Paul Tomkins and Edd Pickard in Freeths' Real Estate Litigation team work closely with me on these matters. I view Paul and Edd as part of our in-house team."

(Phil Mulroney, Head of Property, The Money Shop)

"Freeths are extremely reliable and have strength in depth covering every aspect of work - development, investment, landlord and tenant, insolvency, contracts, construction and planning", "Strength in depth and expertise in most areas combined with excellent customer service."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"The team on retail property are very knowledgeable and skilled. They know all the key issues to discuss", "Freeths have a key understanding of the commercialities and practicalities of the development process. They are able to provide sound advice whilst also having a forward thinking approach as to how the clients interests are protected."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"Managing Partner Richard Beverley continues to be active in the retail sector, where clients range from major supermarkets to fashion boutiques."

(The Legal 500)

Notable Work
  • Acting for fashion, chocolate, shoe, home and electrical/mobile phone retailers in all of the major shopping centres, high streets, train stations and airports throughout the UK including flagship stores in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Brompton Road, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford.
  • Acting for a well-known restaurant client acquiring properties to expand chain of restaurants.
  • Successfully advised Barker and Stonehouse on securing planning permission for a new 40,000 sq ft state of the art flagship store on the former fire station site in Guildford. This involved difficult negotiations with the Highway Authority in respect of integration with and completion of wider program of highway works.
  • Acting for high street retailers on their UK acquisitions and portfolio management including Pretty Green, Kikki.K, 3INA and others.
  • Advising on a debt/equity investment in Green Room Brands which distributes Green Cola in the UK and Ireland.
  • Acting for a retail client on a group reorganisation, involving the transfer of 50 freehold and leasehold properties to new group companies. This required obtaining consent from numerous landlords and from the client’s bank. Standard, even handed documentation was created to enable the transfers to be dealt with quickly and cost-effectively.
  • Bringing a claim in passing off and unregistered Community design relating to the design of packaging for designer sunglasses.
  • Acting for Aldi on their acquisition programme in the South East of England. This includes the acquisition of existing retail space and developer-led retail park sites and there have been a significant number of sites secured over the past 3 years.
  • Bringing a claim for infringement of UK unregistered design right and unregistered Community design, relating to the design of part of a shoe.
  • Providing commercial advice to a large multi-site retailer on day-to-day employment issues including advising on disciplinary and grievance processes and procedures, discrimination and harassment, pregnancy and maternity issues and termination of employment.
  • Taking down dozens of misleading and infringing social media accounts purporting to offer vouchers to spend at a client’s stores.
  • Procuring the transfer of dozens of domain names from cyber-squatters, typo-squatters and affiliate marketers for a high street retailer.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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