The retail sector continues to be one of the most dynamic environments in which to work. Most retail businesses face an ever-growing number of challenges that require skilled advisers with a high degree of sector-specific knowledge to help them evolve strategies for success.
Retailers face a diverse range of challenges and never more so than at the current time. Our clients enjoy access to a team of lawyers that can help them face these challenges and to prosper where others fail. The Retail team typically deals with property, commercial, employment and intellectual property issues and commonly works with Keystone colleagues to address more niche requirements.
Our clients vary in size and complexity from small high street shops to large chains, from online boutiques to some of the best known names on the web. We are trusted by clients throughout the entire retail process, from supply chain organisations to businesses selling directly to consumers. This breadth and depth of our experience, when combined with our team's commercial knowledge and insight, has made us leaders in the sector.
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Commercial and trading matters
Vanessa is a commercial lawyer who helps clients who are using technology to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things. She has supported clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, across goods, services and digital.
David is a skilled health and safety lawyer who advises clients in the oil and gas, utilities, transport, construction, shipping, and financial services sectors on a full spectrum of health and safety matters. In particular, David is well placed to assist on work-related accidents, corporate manslaughter, product recalls, defence against enforcement action under consumer and food safety laws, complex litigation arising out of contractual disputes, high-value debt recovery, and environmental pollution matters.
Lucy is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in digital media, technology, e-commerce and digital publishing. Her specialisms include the development and publication of apps, games and websites; social media publishing; digital magazines; the digital distribution of content; online partnerships/affiliate deals; and the sale of physical, digital and virtual goods via websites and apps.
Stuart is a property lawyer who has acted for major clients in all commercial real estate areas. He has extensive experience in advising on acquisitions and disposals, investment management, funding, landlord and tenant, lease acquisitions and acting for corporate occupiers, as well as acting on large corporate deals involving multiple properties.
Simon specialises in online financial services, e-commerce and IT. His clients include e-money, gift card and payment services providers, online peer-to-peer finance platforms, crowd-investment firms and a cloud-based content delivery network.
Ian is a highly-skilled Brand Management and Intellectual Property lawyer with a keen focus on the legal aspects of marketing, advertising, sales promotions, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, lotteries and merchandising. During his career Ian has advised a number of household names including McDonalds, HMV, NCP, New Look, River Island, Luxottica and Swarovski.
Shayne is an experienced property lawyer and undertakes a wide range of commercial property work with particular expertise in dealing with retail, occupational and investment work, sales and purchases, landlord and tenant issues and development work.
Ben is an experienced planning law specialist who deals with a broad range of planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters, acting on behalf of developers, utilities, local authorities and landowners.
Rima is a consultant in the commercial property team with a keen focus on the retail sector.
City-trained James is a senior solicitor specialising in bridging finance, short-term property finance (i.e. remortgages) and wider commercial property transactions.
Colin is a skilled banking and finance solicitor, who specialises in corporate banking, acquisition and leveraged finance, property and development finance, and security documentation. He is experienced in advising a wide range of clients including both UK and US banks, building societies, institutional investors, and public and private companies.
Angela is a Licensing Coordinator and manages applications for a range of licences, as part of Keystone’s Licensing team. Over the years, Angela has managed the licensing process for a number of leading organisations including Spearmint Rhino, Weatherspoon’s, Mitchells and Butlers and many UK music and dance festivals.
Anthony is an established commercial, intellectual property and technology lawyer, specialising in both contract negotiation and litigation. He advises SMEs and institutional clients across sectors that include software and technology, tech start-ups, media, disruptive music businesses, fashion, schools, charities and cultural institutions.
Sarah is a commercial contracts and IP lawyer with a particular specialism in the Technology, Media and Data Protection sector.
City trained, Meriel is a highly experienced commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising clients from the retail, media, fashion and sport sectors, representing both high-profile designer and household brand names.
Eleanor is an experienced property lawyer and is able to advise on all aspects of Real Estate, using a highly commercial approach tailored to each client’s individual needs. Her practice has recently focussed on site acquisition for residential developers, but also includes acting for both landlords and tenants as well as dealing with all aspects of property matters for operational companies.
Jeremy is a highly experienced commercial lawyer recognised by the legal directories as a leading individual specialising in commercial agreements and related competition and regulatory matters. He advises on a range of commercial and trading issues, including agency, distribution, supply, sale purchase, joint venture and franchise agreements as well as all aspects of the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights, such as licensing and R&D agreements.
Jeremy is a solicitor advocate with 20 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of regulatory law including risk, compliance and enforcement matters. With expertise in health and safety, trading standards, food and fire safety, environmental, road transport, licensing, betting and gaming, he has worked extensively in the leisure and entertainment industry.
Nadim is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in equity investments, disposals, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises high-growth companies on venture capital and private equity transactions, including seed and series A, B and C investment rounds, convertible loan note investments, and strategic acquisitions and exits (most recently for Accel Partners, Ventech, and founders of Hassle.com).