Retail, Hospitality & Leisure
The retail, hospitality and leisure sectors live or die by consumer tastes, brand loyalty and spending power, all of which can fluctuate dramatically on a regular basis.
The revolution we’ve seen in recent years, fuelled by new technologies which has altered buying patterns and opened up competition, has forced businesses to constantly adapt and find new ways to reach out to customers, drive sales and defend their businesses and brands.
Divergent trends abound, such as the rise of experiential retail vs the boom in e-commerce, or fast-fashion vs artisan products. The need for sector-savvy legal expertise to guide businesses through these complexities has never been greater.
For us, retail, hospitality and leisure are core focuses of our business. We support major household names and niche businesses, advising on matters as diverse as: licensing brands or designs; securing prime high-street real estate; managing a diverse and transient workforce; drafting supplier contracts; dealing with disputes; launching interactive video solutions; social media marketing; wearable tech; multi and omni channel platforms.
For sectors that never stand still and are driven by innovation and disruption, the insight we offer our clients is second to none. That’s why some of the world’s most recognised traditional and online retailers, restaurant chains, drinks brands, fitness and wellness providers, fashion houses and hotels trust us to advise them.
Say farewell to credit and debit card surcharges17 January 2018
On 13 January 2018, new rules came into force in the UK which mean that, for most retail payments, traders can no longer charge a fee in addition to the advertised price of a transaction on the basis of a consumer’s choice of payment means (for example, credit card, debit card or e-money).
James Gill writes for City A.M.: Tech predictions for 2018: Drones, crypto, and the rise of the robots15 January 2018
In an article for City A.M., James Gill discusses the future of technology in 2018.
Tech Predictions for 201808 January 2018
Following on from our 2017 Tech Predictions (link below), here are our top ten favourite tech predictions for 2018. It’s set to be another exciting year as the use of technology becomes ever more pervading, influential and business critical.
Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus write for Essential Retail: Protecting an 'aura of luxury'20 December 2017
Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus, discuss a CJEU ruling impacting manufacturers that could restrict the sales of products through third-party websites, like Amazon and eBay.
Top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets08 December 2017
With the new EU Trade Secrets Directive coming into force in June 2018, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets.
Morrisons held vicariously liable for employee data leak04 December 2017
The High Court has found Morrisons to be vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who intentionally disclosed the personal details of over 100,000 staff at Morrisons. The judgment will be of interest to data controllers and to customers and employees whose personal data is compromised by data breaches. It is the first group litigation in respect of a data breach to be decided by the English courts.
Aman Sahota-Dhatt writes for Essential Retail: Smart cities – the benefits for eCommerce operators in the retail industry?09 November 2017
Aman Sahota-Dhatt has written a piece for Essentail Retail on how smart cities may impact the future of retail.
Brands and IP newsnotes - issue 613 October 2017
Welcome to the 6th edition of our Brands & IP newsnotes put together to bring you the latest, and most interesting legal developments affecting intellectual property law. In this issue we cover; battlegrounds on Amazon listings, whether prestigious brands can prevent their resellers from selling online, the EU's position paper on IP rights, an quick guide on rights for designs, and trade mark infringements.