Retail and leisure

Our Retail and Leisure lawyers are specialists in the area, providing a wide range of legal services to household names in the UK.

Main areas of practice

We provide expert legal advice to retail and leisure operators on all aspects of their business. 

Areas in which our experienced team provides advice and support to our retail and leisure clients include:

Our highly regarded lawyers also work closely with the Blake Morgan Real Estate team to provide additional specialist advice on deals relating to retail investment property. 


We provide specialist advice and act for a wide a wide range of clients that include:

  • Cafes, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and clubs
  • Traditional and charity retailers
  • Supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Retail banks

Some of the high profile clients who trust in our expertise include:

John Lewis British Red Cross
Beale Plc                   The Southern Co-op
Waitrose Manutan
Scope David Lloyd Leisure
Costa Coffee Crabtree & Evelyn
Oxfam Canary Wharf Group Plc
Avon Cosmetics Limited  

Significant experience

Examples of the ways in which our retail and leisure retail lawyers have helped clients include advising:

  • A national coffee chain in relation to its continuing expansion and with all leasehold related work for the chains
  • A number of leading retailers and hotels on all their day-to-day employment issues 
  • Grocery retailers to secure licenses and roll out new stores
  • Retailers on licensing and property issues across the UK
  • A retail bank on the citing and licensing of property
  • Department stores on the acquisition of stores by way of new leases and the transfer of a business as a going concern;  the disposal of surplus stores and general asset management
  • A high-end manufacturer/distributor/ retailer of white goods on insolvency issues in relation to both its supplier base and retail, including Retention of Title claims for white goods when customers enter insolvency
  • National operators on due diligence for corporate transactions, with associated premises licence transfer and variation applications.
  • A major holiday park operator on large scale refurbishment projects during the winter closed season. All alcohol and gaming licences are in place for the 2016 summer season.

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