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Retail businesses face a range of legal challenges, from compliance with employment law and consumer protection regulations to disputes with suppliers or landlords.

As a retail business you need a law firm that understands your industry and can provide tailored legal services to help you manage your legal risks and protect your interests.

At Ward Hadaway, we have extensive experience advising retail businesses of all sizes, from small independent shops to multinational retailers. Our team of expert lawyers combines deep industry knowledge with a thorough understanding of the law, enabling us to provide pragmatic, effective advice that supports your commercial objectives.

Our legal services for retail businesses include everything from employment matters, commercial contracts, consumer law and property matters to dispute resolution, debt recovery, intellectual property and trademarks, and everything in-between.

Whatever your needs, if you operate in the retail sector, trust our expert team; we’re here to help.

Work we have done

  • Acting for many FMCG and clothing brands in relation to commercial collaborations, licensing and commercial partnerships including in respect of design and promotional activities and initiatives.
  • Preparing and negotiating commercial partnership agreements in respect of the sponsorship of various venues, including sports stadia and major visitor attractions. Also involved in the sponsorship of sports teams and the commercial relationships that flow from these.
  • Acting for a listed soft drinks manufacturer on a range of commercial contracts including brand licence agreements, agreements for provision of in-store equipment and contracts for the provision of logistics and customer services.
  • Acting for a multinational retailer on promotional campaign clearance work, including TV sponsorship deals, ASA issues, prize draws, promotions, POS material advice and advice on comparative advertising.
  • Supporting many household name brands in respect of their relationships and collaborations with brand ambassadors and all resulting advertising, media and publicity issues.
Competition law
  • Advising on and preparing distribution agreements and addressing competition law concerns arising from distribution arrangements.
  • Advising a national retailer in relation to the procurement of outsourced document management.
  • Providing advice on a wide range of regulatory issues to several large FMCG/consumer goods companies including in respect of product safety and liability, consumer law and compliance planning and Advertising Standards and CAP Code advice/compliance.
  • Acting in respect of franchising arrangements, including acting for a major UK franchisee.
  • Acting for various retailers in relation to the recruitment of non-British nationals as well as providing general employment advice.
  • Advising a clothes retailer on changes to terms and conditions affecting hundreds of employees across the business, defending claims of discrimination against the organisation and acting as a sounding board for strategic HR matters across the business.
Intellectual Property
  • Acting for a bespoke furniture company for over 20 years. We have carried out trade mark and design registrations and portfolio management and have supported with intellectual property disputes.
  • Advising an online retailer on the registration and protection of its brand and trade marks as well as in relation to domain name disputes.
Property and construction
  • Acting for a well-known national supermarket for over 25 years. During this time we have acted on the acquisition of 50+ sites for new stores along with the provision of planning and construction advice.
  • Acting for a food retailer on the acquisition of a number of stores from a major UK supermarket.
  • Advising a national bakery retailer on all aspects of its property portfolio.
  • Advising a household name retailer on the long-term outsourcing of its warehousing, logistics and haulage requirements.
  • Advising a national retailer in connection with the negotiation and agreement of a phased Remedial Works Agreement for a multi-million pound remediation.

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Susan Honeyands

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3421

+44 (0) 784 525 6490

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Neil Smith

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3536

+44 (0)773 846 1919

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Phil Parker

Director | Property Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3522

+44 (0) 779 331 0777

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Charlotte Nuttall

Director | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3148

+44 (0) 754 330 8483

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Andrew Thirlwall

Managing Associate | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3509

+44 (0) 787 485 4106

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What people say

  • The corporate and commercial team are engaging, proactive and approachable and work collaboratively and in a one team manner

    Legal 500, client quote
  • The team inspires us with confidence and encourages us to grow and think differently, providing beyond legal support and exceptional levels of service

    Legal 500, client quote
  • We were a new introduction to the firm after acquisition of a UK based subsidiary. The team have made us feel extremely welcome and have facilitated various pieces of work for us. I would be very happy to recommend Ward Hadaway to my contacts for all legal work.

    Finance Director, EMEA, Global sport retail business
  • We very much enjoy having Ward Hadaway as our legal partners. They are extremely competent, but are also able to deliver their advice in a practical and down-to earth manner.

    Managing Director, Retail wholesaler
  • The team at Ward Hadaway were instrumental in us achieving our objectives and were very knowledgeable when dealing with a large plc seller.

    Bill Ward, Managing Director, Mill Garages North East Limited

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