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CMS is one of the few firms to join the dots across 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. And we help them navigate the complex rules that govern consumer engagement.

Our preeminent Retail team is ranked Band 1 for Retail by the Chambers legal directory and is trusted by some of the top retailers in the market, like Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Uniqlo, White Stuff, Dune, Yoox Net-A-Porter, Moss Bros, and French Connection.

01/05/2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Re­tail in the UK
Marks & Spen­cer on com­mer­cial con­tracts for many years. Key pro­jects in­clude as­sist­ing M&S to ra­tion­al­ise its top IT sup­pli­ers and en­hance its IT in­fra­struc­ture; im­prov­ing its sup­ply chain pro­cess; and...
Law-Now: Re­tail
Vis­it Law-Now for leg­al know-how and com­ment­ary
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23/11/2022
The grow­ing reg­u­lat­ory scru­tiny around “dark pat­terns” and an up­date on...
The no­tion of so called “dark pat­terns” has re­cently garnered in­creas­ing at­ten­tion, with their use in on­line sec­tors be­ing scru­tin­ised by reg­u­lat­ors around the world. But what are they? What are the...
11/11/2022
Winter is com­ing - Face masks, face cov­er­ings and bul­let-proof waist­coats...
A case com­ment­ary on the UK IPO de­cision in OP­TIPRO and re­lated reg­u­lat­ory ad­vice on face masks As we head in­to the winter flu sea­son many of us will be re­flect­ing on last years lock­down and en­sur­ing...
08/11/2022
Lidl v Tesco – the dis­counter and su­per­mar­ket go head-to-head in the UK...
Do con­sumers think of Lidl when they shop us­ing their Tesco Club­card? This is the root of the cur­rent trade mark dis­pute between su­per­mar­ket chains Lidl and Tesco. More spe­cific­ally, the ques­tion be­fore...
22/09/2022
FCA Con­sumer Duty – Im­ple­ment­a­tion Plans
FCA has pub­lished its fi­nal rules and guid­ance for a new Con­sumer Duty that will set high­er and clear­er stand­ards of con­sumer pro­tec­tion across fin­an­cial ser­vices and re­quire firms to put their cus­tom­ers’...
09/08/2022
Was Za­ra away with the Fair­ies?
Za­ra v House of Zana – How close is too close? We’ve all read the news and seen the out­come. The trade marks ‘Za­ra’ and ‘House of Zana’ have been deemed not sim­il­ar for the pur­pose of a UK...
28/07/2022
The junk food conun­drum – new rules for Oc­to­ber 2022
At a time of rising prices is it fair to con­tin­ue to im­ple­ment the pro­posed ban on volume sales and of­fers? It is said that many be­ne­fit from pro­mo­tions such as 3 for 2, buy one get one free, etc. Oth­ers...
12/07/2022
EU and UK de­vel­op­ments on the road to­wards a sus­tain­able and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy...
A re­cent re­search pa­per co-au­thored by WRAP and the Uni­versity of Sur­rey[1] found that the im­ple­ment­a­tion of dif­fer­ent busi­ness mod­els in the tex­tiles in­dustry (such as cloth­ing re­sale busi­nesses, cloth­ing...
12/07/2022
Pan­dem­ic ar­rears: first ar­bit­ra­tion award fi­nally pub­lished
In March the Gov­ern­ment en­acted the Com­mer­cial Rent (Coronavir­us) Act 2022 (CRCA) which gave ten­ants a fi­nal six months’ re­prieve against for­feit­ure ac­tion.  The six month win­dow was to en­able land­lords...
14/06/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 6 – ‘En­force­ment’
As ac­know­ledged by the UKIPO in its Call for Views, the UK has one of the most ro­bust and ef­fect­ive in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty re­gimes in the world. However, the UKIPO ap­pre­ci­ates that the cost of en­for­cing...
10/06/2022
Forest Risk Com­mod­it­ies con­sulta­tion out­come pub­lished
The De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs (De­fra) re­cently pub­lished the out­come of a con­sulta­tion on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of due di­li­gence pro­vi­sions aimed at tack­ling de­for­est­a­tion in UK...
07/06/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 5 – ‘Fu­ture tech­no­lo­gies and com­puter-gen­er­ated...
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that de­vel­op­ments in tech­no­logy act as cata­lysts for in­nov­a­tion in the designs sec­tor. In its Call for Views, the UKIPO iden­ti­fied in par­tic­u­lar the im­pact of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence...
31/05/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law - Part 4 – ‘First mak­ing avail­able’ and sim­ul­tan­eous...
Pri­or to Brexit, the abil­ity to ob­tain auto­mat­ic design pro­tec­tion across all 28 EU Mem­ber States shaped the busi­ness mod­els and product launch strategies of many Brit­ish de­sign­ers. One of the most sig­ni­fic­ant...