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Retail and Leisure

Commercial Property |Commercial Rents – Extra Protection for Tenants

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The Government has confirmed that it will extend the time period for suspension of the forfeiture of evictions from June 30 to September 30. Additionally, they have introduced the Code of Practice for Commercial Property.  The idea of the Code is to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice…

Things to Consider When Trading Online | Commercial Law

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For the foreseeable future, most of the shops will be closed so, with shoppers having little option other than to buy from the comfort of their sofas, what should you consider if you are going to trade online? Are you selling to business users or consumers? You need to consider if the customer for  your…

The Retail Front Line

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Retail Crime is committed on an industrial scale.  Its impact can be felt not only on shop owners but on their staff, their customers and ultimately society in general.  A recent report from the British Retail Consortium (“BRC”) illustrated the shocking increase, frequency and severity of violent attacks suffered by retail shop workers. Industry figures…

The Retail Front Line

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Retail Crime is committed on an industrial scale.  Its impact can be felt not only on shop owners but on their staff, their customers and ultimately society in general.  A recent report from the British Retail Consortium (“BRC”) illustrated the shocking increase, frequency and severity of violent attacks suffered by retail shop workers. Industry figures…

Thomas Cook – The Rise and Fall | Corporate law

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How many of us have seen the Alberto Brea quote: Netflix did not kill Blockbuster. Ridiculous late fees did. Uber did not kill the taxi business. Limited number of taxis and fare control did. Apple did not kill the music industry. Being forced to buy full-length albums did. Amazon did not kill the other retailers….

£1 billion to save the High Street | Commercial property law

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The travails of the High Street seem a constant story in the news, the endless rise of online shopping, rates increases, Brexit etc. have led to nearly 3,000 shops shutting down in the first half of this year, at a rate of 16 per day. The West Midlands has been particularly badly affected seeing the…

Company Voluntary Arrangements | Commercial property law

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What does it mean for landlords? A growing trend for companies feeling the pinch is to adopt a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). Currently favoured by struggling retailers, this tactic has come under fire as critics have claimed that the arrangements have resulted in, directly or indirectly, the closure of nearly a thousand shops since 2017….

Making the most of your Retail Space | Commercial property

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High business rates, slowing consumer spending, online shopping etc. the difficulties facing retailers appear to be ever present and continually increasing with no silver bullet in sight.  Despite the difficulties however there are some shining lights, both big and small with success stories to be found where retailers have adapted to the current market and…

Guess: The Cost of Failure | Corporate and commercial law

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The online retail sector is booming, with consumers taking to the internet hoping to pick up top brands’ products at bargain prices. Bargain prices, however, don’t exactly sit well with the ‘high-end’ brands, who view the selling of their products on ‘low-end’ websites as damaging to their corporate image. Guess, the clothing manufacturer and retailer,…

Are you Brexit ready? Retail and Leisure

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Sections of the retail sector will be among some of the hardest hit by a no-deal Brexit, which, following a challenging Christmas Period and the ever growing expansion of online consumption could produce the “perfect storm” for any struggling business. According to a recent report over a third of UK retailers have said they’re “under-prepared”…

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