Our experts sit at the coalface of the enormous transitions occurring in the retail sector, helping clients grapple with the most pressing issues of the day from omni-channel through to logistics and fulfilment. We are one of the few firms to fully support each element of the retail value chain – from the factory all the way to the shop floor (or the customer’s front door).

We support retailers on their factory and warehouse projects. We advise them on the hugely complex technology, logistics and transportation contracts that underpin how goods reach shops and customers. We help them manage their vast store portfolios. We get them online. We get them digitised. We help them navigate the rules that govern customer engagement.

The CMS retail group is one of the only law firms who can join the dots and support you across your entire value chain. We are already trusted by some of the top retailers in the market, like Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Dune Group, Yoox Net-A-Porter, and French Connection.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Re­tail in the UK
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25 February 2019
Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – here we go again
AI in Con­sumer and Re­tail
07 Apr 20
It's time to face the mu­sic for drum kit and hi-tech mu­sic equip­ment...
In­tro­duc­tion Just two months after an­noun­cing its in­fringe­ment de­cision against Fend­er (an elec­tric gui­tar man­u­fac­turer) the CMA has is­sued “state­ments of ob­jec­tions” to Ro­land (a sup­pli­er of elec­tron­ic...
11 January 2017
Con­sumer products and re­tail dis­putes and in­vest­ig­a­tions
02 Apr 20
Res­id­en­tial prop­erty: New MEES Reg­u­la­tions in force
As from 1 April 2020, land­lords can­not let, or con­tin­ue to let, do­mest­ic, private ren­ted prop­er­ties (which in­cludes As­sured Ten­an­cies and Rent Act Ten­an­cies) where there is a val­id EPC with a rat­ing of...
8 August 2016
Re­tail Sec­tor Over­view
31 Mar 20
Coronavir­us Act 2020
The Coronavir­us Bill has re­ceived Roy­al As­sent in near re­cord time for such a wide ran­ging piece of le­gis­la­tion.  The Act gives ef­fect to the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion plan for re­spond­ing to the COV­ID-19...
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
26 Mar 20
Busi­ness Rates & COV­ID-19
1. In­tro­duc­tion 1.1 Amongst the Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ments has been the mes­sage that it will be un­veil­ing ad­di­tion­al meas­ures to as­sist rate­pay­ers with busi­ness rates dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic....
Tak­ing Stock: cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the con­sumer...
24 Mar 20
Tem­por­ary morator­i­um: Gov­ern­ment stops for­feit­ure of busi­ness leases
In an at­tempt to help busi­ness ten­ants who can­not pay their rent, the Gov­ern­ment has ordered a morator­i­um on for­feit­ure of busi­ness leases, un­til 30 June 2020. This news comes just be­fore the March quarter...
23 Mar 20
UK State aid and COV­ID-19
Cor­rect as of 12:30 on 23 March 2020. This art­icle will be up­dated as de­vel­op­ments arise. While the situ­ation con­tin­ues to de­vel­op on a daily basis, we have out­lined here the series of sup­port meas­ures...
20 Mar 20
COV­ID-19: A Real Es­tate Q&A Ten­ant Per­spect­ive
1. If we shut down our prop­erty can we stop pay­ing rent to our land­lord? 1.1 Save for any ex­press word­ing in the ten­ant's lease al­low­ing the ten­ant to close its store and sus­pend rent in the event of...