Retail and Leisure

Retail & Leisure.

Retail is dynamic and fast paced but the current economic climate is piling on the pressure and demanding unprecedented levels of change. We have a dedicated team of specialists who understand the need for speed, flexibility and determination to navigate through negotiations and achieve the right result for our clients.

We cover the full range of retailers’ legal needs from property/portfolio management, leases, franchising, commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and sales to employment, immigration and dispute resolution.

We work with many well-known retail brands, including Muffin Break, Cambria, Giggling Squid and Menkind. We have been involved with many brands from inception and remain with them as they grow and expand.

“Giggling Squid has grown from one restaurant in 2002 to over 30 and we need a law firm who can keep pace with us. Stephanie Kierans and the rest of the lawyers at Sherrards have done just that. They provide excellent commercial advice and are quick to respond to all our needs.”  Andy  Laurillard, MD at Giggling Squid

Terry Fendt has over 25 years’ experience in retail and property work. He is respected by clients ‘as he gets the job done and doesn’t waste time being over legalistic’. Mike Lewis heads the property management and contentious side. He has spent the majority of his career at Clyde & Co where he acted for retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, Zara, Miss Sixty and Five Guys.

We specialise in:

Unique retail formats (pop-up shops, concept stores):

Changing market trends lead to a relentless search for unique retail offerings. ‘Pop up’ shops are now a regular sight on the British high street. They are usually there to take advantage of seasonal trading such as the Christmas period or the summer. We work with clients on these annual temporary lettings, requiring concise documentation, a fast turn around and a clear vision of the numerous pitfalls.

Experience includes:

Working with Menkind Limited/Red 5 on their ‘pop up’ shops. The work is intense and requires fast turnarounds from July through to the end of October, opening ‘pop up’ shops in shopping centres and high street retail areas in time for the Christmas period.