Retail win in the bag for Blake Lapthorn as team appointed by Morrisons

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Our Blake Lapthorn Solicitors are celebrating a big win in the retail sector after being appointed by supermarket chain Morrisons.

Our team drew on its extensive experience in retail to make a successful bid to be appointed to the supermarket company’s legal panel.

Our firm, which already counts retailers Waitrose, John Lewis, and Southern Co-op among its clients, will provide licensing and regulatory services for Morrisons.

Solicitors from our licensing and regulatory team will help handle the licensing arrangements for Morrisons as the supermarket firm continues its drive to increase the number of convenience stores it operates.

And we will also be on hand to provide legal advice on issues of risk and compliance across all of Morrisons business.

The win for our firm comes after Morrisons announced it was reviewing its arrangements for the supply of legal services in order to find new ways of working and better value for money.

The successful pitch emphasised the firm’s experience in licensing and regulatory services in the retail sector. Our Solicitors have already worked with Morrisons on an ad-hoc basis.

Jon Wallsgrove, partner in our licensing and regulatory team, said: “We’re delighted to be chosen for this panel and look forward to being part of the exciting future Morrisons has in front of it."

“We were pleased that Blake Lapthorn’s experience and expertise in dealing with major retail clients has been recognised in this significant win, of which we are very proud.”

Mark Amsden, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Morrisons, said: “Blake Lapthorn really impressed us with their retail knowledge and expertise with some quite specialist knowledge in the area of retail, including regulatory and licensing.

“We really like the people and wanted to work with them and we also like that they had a joined-up proposition across the various areas. They seem like a firm who understand what they do and appear very comfortable with each other.”

Our firm will share Morrisons’ regulatory work with DAC Beachcroft, Browne Jacobson and DWF, and licensing with Gosschalks.