The retail sector in the UK and internationally faces unprecedented disruption. Retailers must adapt rapidly as the lines blur between the high street and online retails, as the requirements of omnichannel place pressure on supply chains, and as consumer behaviours continue to change.
Our specialist Retail Group helps organisations navigate the legal and commercial challenges of the industry. We bring together experts from across CMS who have extensive experience working with high street and online retailers on corporate and banking transactions, day-to-day commercial, IP, IT, e-commerce, consumer rights, litigation, real estate, tax, packaging, environmental, health and safety, pensions and HR matters.
The group also supports retailers on specific issues that arise out of the current market, such as retail restructurings and the insolvency of suppliers.
Our Retail Group works with some of the biggest names in the industry, advising on corporate transactions, and banking and refinancing matters, as well as on reorganisations and restructurings.
CMS also supports our retail clients on the full range of day-to-day matters including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including terms and conditions, franchise and concession agreements, consumer rights, IP and counterfeiting issues, compliance with website and distance selling regulations, supplier issues (including insolvency), labelling, product liability, compliance with packaging regulations and general commercial and corporate advice.
Our Real Estate Department works with many large retailers on their property portfolios and property litigation issues, whilst our employment and pensions departments work for numerous retailers on HR and pension matters.
The team also helps retail clients enter new markets using the deep local expertise of our global network to guide them on the issues and challenges they face in entering new jurisdictions.