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.
James Gill and Rebecca Emery write for Essential Retail - Connected Retail: Where next for IoT and GDPR07 June 2018
Apparently, some 26 billion devices will be IoT (Internet of Things) connected by 2020, at least according to one estimate. The use of IoT is becoming increasingly ubiquitous - connected devices range from visible fitness and health wearables to less visible IoT devices embedded in fridges, heating systems, vehicles and cloud platforms. In their article, James and Rebecca ask, where next for IoT and GDPR?
Sarah Mogford comments for Retail Design World: Why upsizing fashion flagships is on-trend05 April 2018
In an article for Retail Design World, Sarah Mogford comments on fashion retailers upsizing stores while other sectors explore smaller store formats.
Bryony Long writes for Essential Retail: Lessons from the Carphone Warehouse cyber-attack09 March 2018
In an article for Essential Retail, Bryony Long discusses the Carphone Warehouse cyber-attack and suggests how retailers can learn from it.
Keeping the luxury in brands?22 February 2018
In Coty v Parfumerie Akzente (Case C-230/16) the CJEU has stated that luxury brand owners, can, in certain circumstances prohibit reselling of their products through some internet platforms
Lewis Silkin has advised the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US textiles and furniture company Thibaut Inc.15 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US based company, Thibaut Inc.
The Perils of Poor Security26 January 2018
James Gill and Bryony Long look at the ICO’s recent fining of Carphone Warehouse, and some of the practical steps you can take to help prevent a similar experience.
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.