Today’s retailers and leisure operators compete in an increasingly dynamic, fast moving and very challenging environment where a delay or an uninformed decision can either damage a hard won reputation or end a dream before it has had the opportunity to flourish.

At Thursfields we understand the demands placed on those operating on the front line of the sector whether that is in the provision of bricks and mortar retail or on-line; warehousing or logistics; developers or investors.

We have built an experienced team who are on hand to advise on matters ranging from store acquisitions and disposals, outsourcing and employment issues, commercial contracts and disputes, joint ventures and supply changes, whatever your needs your brand will be in safe hands.


Rob is the head of our Retail & Leisure Team.  He is a Director with extensive experience and has acted for major retailers, investors, developers and both Landlords and Tenants across the retail and leisure sector.

Rob has advised a wide variety of clients across the sector on investment and development transactions, ranging from the acquisition and disposal of high value properties and portfolios, forward purchases, development agreements and conditional contracts.

Rob is appreciated by his clients for his “pragmatic and commercial approach”.

Client’s Rob has acted for include Waitrose and Partners, John Lewis and Partners, car dealerships (including CMS (Vauxhall)), Co-operative Stores and a wide variety of independent traders.

Please contact Rob on 0121 796 4022 or email him on


Services provided  by our specialist team to Sector clients include:-

New leases, lease renewals and re-gears, lease variations and surrenders, purchase and sale of freeholds;


Agreements for lease, statutory agreements (s106 / s278 etc.) and planning;


Trading terms with consumers and suppliers agreements; shop fitting; finance agreements; distribution and agency agreements;


Website terms of use and trading, GDPR; social media profile;


Contracts of employment; staff handbooks; GDPR; HR advice including re dismissal, grievance, redundancy and discrimination; line management training;


Business acquisition and disposal; establish new companies and business structure;

Dispute Resolution 

Help through negotiation, mediation and court action with problems concerning premises, contracts with suppliers, concessionaires and customers, enforcing covenants, debt recovery and general disputes;


Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements to protect and manage your business in the event of a marriage breakdown; specialist advice regarding financial settlements involving business assets on marriage breakdown;

Private Client

Lasting Powers of Attorney for operating a business in the event the business owner becomes unable to act; wills containing business administration clauses so that the business can carry on whilst the estate is being administered.


Clients in the Sector our specialist lawyers have advised include: Waitrose, Tesco, Arcadia, Co-Op, McDonalds, Waylands Yards, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Bennetts Food and Farm Shop.

Examples of work recently undertaken by Thursfields includes:-

New Italian restaurant creates five jobs in Birmingham, helped by Thursfields

The stage is set for new theatre storage warehouse

Thursfields has helped top UK truck dealer with expansion plans

Petrol station on former derelict site creates 30 jobs




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