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Retail — Scotland


Brodies LLP - Retail Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Retains its market-leading position and advises an array of retailers on a wide range of property and commercial issues. Also equipped to handle contentious matters and high-profile insolvency work.

Strengths One source says: "They are a strong team, renowned for their retail leasing work in Scotland," adding: "They have a strong commercial approach to negotiations and advice."

Work highlights Advised New Look on securing a ten-year lease agreement with Hines, for its 4,000 square-foot Glasgow flagship store on Buchanan Street.

Acted for BHS on Scottish aspects of the high-profile CVA and subsequent liquidation of the company, including managing store disposal deals and closures.

Significant clients Co-op, Hugo Boss, B&Q, Zara, Hollister.

Notable practitioners

Colin Morrison is a key contact.

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Burness Paull - Retail Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team with impressively deep expertise, particularly in relation to assisting retailers with entry into the Scottish market. Particularly sought after for real estate matters and corporate transactions in the retail sector. Acts for several household-name retailers, including notable telecommunications companies, as well as sizeable shopping centres.

Strengths One client says: "My impression of the team as a whole is excellent, it is good value for the service, and no nonsense. They know what is business-critical for me and always deliver accordingly."

Sources add: "It is a good, rounded Scottish practice. They are very constructive and commercial to deal with, and with a good client base."

Work highlights Advised BlueGem Capital Partners LLP in relation to its multimillion-pound acquisition of Wills Lifestyle Holdings, the parent organisation of the Jack Wills companies.

Acted for Vodafone on a number of matters connected to its Scottish real estate portfolio, including refitting, rebranding and upgrading stores.

Significant clients Waitrose, Homebase, Le Creuset, Steamer Trading, Deichmann Shoes.

Notable practitioners

Nick Naddell is a key contact.

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DWF LLP - Retail Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Sizeable national firm regularly instructed by a number of high-profile retailers, including entities in the food, building and DIY materials sectors. Tackles a range of property matters, including leasing and developments, and is particularly noted for tenant-side instructions.

Work highlights Advised Next on an array of property transactions, including securing a 50,000-square-foot pre-let in the St James Centre redevelopment in Edinburgh.

Acted for Marks and Spencer on numerous real estate-related mandates arising out of its expansion programme, including store acquisitions and planning issues.

Significant clients Dunelm, Arcadia, River Island, Travis Perkins, Wickes.

Notable practitioners

Iain McHardy is a key contact.

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Retail Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice acting for numerous well-known retailers and shopping centres. Also frequently advises retail investors. Offers advice on the property, IT and corporate issues facing retailers.

Work highlights Advised Martin McColl on a £117 million portfolio acquisition, including 61 Scottish convenience stores, from Cooperative Bank. This was part of an acquisition of 298 stores across the UK.

Acted for German pension fund Bayerische Versorgungskammer, on the £37 million purchase of the retail development at 229-249 Buchanan Street in Glasgow.

Significant clients Motor Fuel Group, Office Holdings, AMC Cinema Holdings, French Connection, Mamas & Papas.

Notable practitioners

Richard Linton is a key contact.

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Anderson Strathern - Retail Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly handles significant real estate transactions on behalf of occupiers and landlords. Frequently works with significant shopping centre owners. Instructed on both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

Strengths One client says: "There was great communication, they were prompt, clear and extremely helpful. I am very pleased with the service and the level of advice."

Work highlights Advised Waterstones Booksellers on a number of mandates, including negotiating a new premises lease in Argyll Street, Glasgow, and termination of a Costa Coffee concession in a Scottish store.

Advises Kwik-Fit in relation to its Scottish property portfolio, including negotiation of new lettings.

Significant clients Intu Properties, Moyallen Properties, Done Brothers, Iceland Foods, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society.

Notable practitioners

Drew Morris is a key contact.

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Retail Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team acting for a wide range of high street and luxury retailers. Advises on online retail issues, as well as real estate transactions. Frequently acts for franchisees and travel companies.

Strengths Sources say: "They take a commercial approach and, as a result, things get done quickly."

Work highlights Advised C-Retail, the owner of clothing label Superdry, on a new lease in Glasgow Fort Retail Park.

Acted for Therapie on negotiation of a new lease in Edinburgh and another in Glasgow.

Significant clients Maplin Electronics, Mulberry, OCO Group, TUI Group, Reebok/Adidas.

Notable practitioners

Jane Steel is a key contact.

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Harper Macleod LLP - Retail Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team with experience advising clients on a range of real estate, franchising and corporate matters, among other issues. Acts for a diverse set of clients in the retail sector, including entities from the fashion and food and beverage industries.

Strengths Sources appreciate that the team's lawyers are "very commercial in their outlook."

Work highlights Acted for cosmetics retailer Kiko Milano on negotiation of three new leases across Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Advised JD Sports Fashion on new leases for premises in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as in Dumfries, Elgin and Wishaw.

Significant clients Caffe Nero, Arcadia, Optical Express, William Hill, Retail Trust.

Notable practitioners

David Kaye is a key contact.

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Our retail team has vast experience advising our clients on the legal issues, challenges and opportunities that can impact upon their business.

From brand management to franchising, employment law to real estate advice, our team calls upon experienced lawyers in every field from throughout the firm. We work with great brands and retail businesses in Scotland, the UK and internationally, helping to guide them through an ever-changing retail environment.

Our key services include:

  • Employment & HR issues
  • Health & safety
  • Brand Management
  • Commercial contracts
  • Online, mobile & digital
  • Planning, environmental & construction
  • Entrepreneurs & Investment
  • Real estate
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Restructuring

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Shoosmiths LLP - Retail Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently handles property portfolio management work, including sales and purchases. Also advises on retail development schemes and associated planning work. Acts for a number of household-name clients in the convenience store and furniture retail sectors.

Strengths One source says: "I chose them as they struck us as very proactive and were very able to work with us at the speed that we require."

Work highlights Advised Screwfix Direct on its expansion in Scotland, including development agreements, leasing and planning matters across a number of locations.

Acted for Hamleys on negotiation over leasehold premises at Livingston Outlet Centre.

Significant clients IKEA, Krispy Kreme, One Stop (Tesco), Boots, Estee Lauder.

Notable practitioners

Robin Mitchell is a key contact.

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