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.Sains­bury’s, on all as­pects of their real es­tate port­fo­lio and on real es­tate dis­putes.Costco, for over 20 years on real es­tate mat­ters in the UK as well as on plan­ning and con­struc­tion law, em­ploy­ment, com­mer­cial lit­ig­a­tion, trade mark, tax, health and safety and cor­por­ate mat­ters.Yoox Net-A-Port­er Group on the Eng­lish law as­pects of its joint ven­ture with Sym­phony In­vest­ments to cre­ate the Middle East’s un­dis­puted lead­er for on­line lux­ury re­tail.French Con­nec­tion on the dis­pos­al of its ma­jor­ity stake in fash­ion and home­ware la­bel Toast to Dan­ish fash­ion group Best­seller United.Dir­ect Wines, on brand pro­tec­tion, real es­tate mat­ters, mar­ket­ing, pro­cure­ment and oth­er con­trac­tu­al mat­ters, em­ploy­ment mat­ters, in­clud­ing ex­ec­ut­ive re­mu­ner­a­tion and share schemes, tax­a­tion is­sues and on the sale of the Vir­gin Wines busi­nessDune on a range of IP mat­ters cov­er­ing copy­right and design rights, as well as on the re­fin­an­cing of its debt.CBPE Cap­it­al on the ac­quis­i­tion of cut­ting-edge on­line fur­niture re­tail­er, Sofa.comUniqlo on the fash­ion re­tail­er’s prop­erty port­fo­lio in the UK.White Stuff, on all as­pects of IP de­fence and en­force­ment across Europe, as well as on fin­an­cing, com­mer­cial, cor­por­ate, em­ploy­ee and em­ploy­ee share scheme mat­ters.Del­haize, the Bel­gian in­ter­na­tion­al food re­tail­er on its EUR932.5 mil­lion ac­quis­i­tion of the Ser­bi­an DeltaMaxi Group.The Hut Group, the Brit­ish eco­m­merce com­pany, in its ac­quis­i­tion of ESPA, a world renowned lead­er in spas and skin­care ex­cel­lence.
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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.
02 July 2020
Brit­ish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion’s new roadmap for re­cov­ery
The Brit­ish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion on 30 June launched its COV­ID-19 re­cov­ery roadmap “Build­ing a Shared Re­cov­ery”. It is a hol­ist­ic frame­work to feed in­to the Chan­cel­lor’s re­cov­ery meas­ures, to bet­ter...
11 January 2017
Con­sumer products and re­tail dis­putes and in­vest­ig­a­tions
02 July 2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
8 August 2016
Re­tail Sec­tor Over­view
22 June 2020
Ex­ten­sion to morator­i­um on for­feit­ure and re­stric­tions on land­lords’ oth­er ...
Along with pub­lic­a­tion of the new Code of Prac­tice for Com­mer­cial Prop­erty Re­la­tion­ships dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on 19 June the gov­ern­ment has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to ex­tend the peri­od of the...
24/05/2016
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
19 June 2020
New Vol­un­tary COV­ID-19 Code of Prac­tice for com­mer­cial prop­erty in the...
Sum­mary The Gov­ern­ment pub­lished on 19 June 2020 a new vol­un­tary Code of Prac­tice for the com­mer­cial prop­erty sec­tor in the United King­dom, which is in­ten­ded to re­in­force and pro­mote good prac­tice amongst...
01/03/2016
Tak­ing Stock: cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the con­sumer products and...
16 June 2020
Stay to pos­ses­sion pro­ceed­ings ex­ten­ded and ex­plained: up­date to rule 55.29...
On 27 March 2020, Prac­tice Dir­ec­tion 51Z (“PD51Z”) in­tro­duced a 90 day stay on all pro­ceed­ings brought un­der CPR Part 55 and all pro­ceed­ings to en­force an or­der for pos­ses­sion by a war­rant or writ...
09 June 2020
The Law Com­mis­sion’s State­ment of Law: Ex­e­cu­tion with an elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture...
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has made the in-per­son sign­ing of deeds and doc­u­ments im­prac­tic­al and cre­ated a na­tion of ‘re­mote’ work­ers. Mer­cury-com­pli­ant ‘vir­tu­al sign­ings’ (where the sig­na­ture page...
05 June 2020
Court en­forces ban on stat­utory de­mands be­fore Bill is passed
The gov­ern­ment re­cently pub­lished its Cor­por­ate In­solv­ency and Gov­ernance Bill which in­cludes a tem­por­ary “ban” on stat­utory de­mands. In its cur­rent form, the ban will pre­vent land­lords and oth­er...