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
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 ne­go­ti­at­ing celebrity en­dorse­ment agree­ments.Sai
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July 2020
Tak­ing Stock: The Out­look for Con­sumer & Re­tail
This year’s Tak­ing Stock: Out­look for Con­sumer & Re­tail re­port looks at how the in­dustry and con­sumers have coped so far with the COV­ID-19 crisis and what lies ahead. Find our more
17 September 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 2: ...
A new mech­an­ism for group pro­ceed­ings came in­to ef­fect in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see the rules here). We have already com­men­ted on the cer­ti­fic­a­tion stage of the new re­gime (see here). In this short...
25 February 2019
Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – here we go again
Re­tail Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – AI in Con­sumer and Re­tail Re­port. From vir­tu­al as­sist­ants, to driver­less vehicles and fric­tion­less shops. Find out more.
15 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment on Ver­tic­al Block...
The Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment (SWD 2020 173 fi­nal) is the next step on the road to an up­dated VBER and cor­res­pond­ing guidelines. With the cur­rent VBER due to ex­pire on 31 May 2022, the Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment...
11 January 2017
Con­sumer products and re­tail dis­putes and in­vest­ig­a­tions
14 September 2020
Tele­coms: Up­per Tribunal gives guid­ance to site pro­viders on pre­ju­dice
In a de­cision which will be wel­comed by site pro­viders, the Up­per Tribunal (Lands Cham­ber) has de­cided that a site pro­vider could not be com­pensated in money for pre­ju­dice caused by the in­stall­a­tion of...
8 August 2016
Re­tail Sec­tor Over­view
01 September 2020
Re­strict­ive Cov­en­ants: some clar­ity but still sub­ject to com­pet­i­tion law
The re­cent case of Pen­in­sula Se­cur­it­ies Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd has cla­ri­fied the law around chal­lenges to cov­en­ants which seek to lim­it the use of land. The case in­volved an ap­peal by a re­tail...
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, today, we are launch­ing a series of eas­ily di­gest­ible check­lists cov­er­ing a broad range of in­dustry areas to guide you through what a Brexit could really mean for your busines
30 July 2020
When nurs­er­ies can law­fully in­sist on pay­ment and avoid provid­ing re­funds
With the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­ket Au­thor­ity (the “CMA”) pub­lish­ing its open let­ter to nurs­er­ies and child­care pro­viders on 28 Ju­ly 2020 and its more de­tailed con­sumer law guid­ance to nurs­er­ies in light...
Tak­ing Stock: cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the con­sumer products and...
28 July 2020
Call­ing all com­mer­cial land­lords
Un­der­stand­ing the eco­nom­ic fal­lout on dif­fer­ent sec­tors is a mam­moth task for gov­ern­ment. Whilst the im­pact on the leis­ure and re­tail sec­tors is ap­par­ent, the ef­fect on own­ers of com­mer­cial real es­tate...