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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022

Retailing is a dynamic and competitive activity which is affected by the law in an extraordinary number of ways. The ever-changing face of retailing – from the move away from the high street to the internet to the fast-paced growth of cross-border e-commerce – means that retailers need their lawyers to understand fully the challenges which they face.

The Penningtons Manches Cooper multi-disciplinary team of retail sector specialists can provide corporate, IP, commercial, employment, real estate and immigration advice. Not only have many of them worked in the industry or been seconded to retail businesses but we are also proactive members of the British Retail Consortium, the HR Retail Circle, the Fashion Business Club and INTA.

This solid base of experience and connection with the retail sector means that we can advise you at every point of your operation – from acquiring a business, protecting your trade marks and brand, recruiting and dismissing staff from store to board room, online retailing, managing your property portfolio and product safety issues.

Our team has advised some of the best known brands in the retail sector ranging from Harrods, Heal's and Liberty to Pizza Hut, IKEA and WH Smith as well as specialist luxury brands like David Linley, Jimmy Choo and Chloe.

We believe in sharing our experience with our clients, listening to their concerns, arranging seminars and forums on current issues and encouraging them to work with us to reduce the many risks inherent in any commercial and, in particular, retail business.

We offer expert advice on:

  • acquiring leases for high street retailers
  • acting for fashion and luxury brands
  • brand and data protection
  • buying and selling retail businesses
  • commercial contracts and agreements
  • employment including HR, resourcing, working conditions, tribunals
  • managing real estate portfolios
  • online retailing and marketing
  • product safety and regulation
  • regulatory issues affecting retailers
  • restructuring, refinancing and turnaround solutions

Recent work highlights

All Saints restructuring

Acting for All Saints in its £107 million re-financing by Goode and Lion Capital, enabling the buy out of Kaupthing and Glitnir banks’ £22.5 million funds to clear the backlog and creditors, and working capital to fund expansion internationally.

Winning Moves management buyout

Acting for management on the buy out of Winning Moves International from the Kremer family and Hasbro SA with investment from Owlsia. The company develops, distributes and sells games and playing cards, including Monopoly and Rubiks Cube.

Website for Linley

Assisting Linley on the scoping, development and hosting arrangements for the website that promotes the Queen’s nephew’s bespoke furniture, collectable pieces and luxury gifts business.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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