Retail, Hospitality & Leisure
The retail, hospitality and leisure sectors live or die by consumer tastes, brand loyalty and spending power, all of which can fluctuate dramatically on a regular basis.
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The revolution we’ve seen in recent years, fuelled by new technologies which has altered buying patterns and opened up competition, has forced businesses to constantly adapt and find new ways to reach out to customers, drive sales and defend their businesses and brands.
Divergent trends abound, such as the rise of experiential retail vs the boom in e-commerce, or fast-fashion vs artisan products. The need for sector-savvy legal expertise to guide businesses through these complexities has never been greater.
For us, retail, hospitality and leisure are core focuses of our business. We support major household names and niche businesses, advising on matters as diverse as: licensing brands or designs; securing prime high-street real estate; managing a diverse and transient workforce; drafting supplier contracts; dealing with disputes; launching interactive video solutions; social media marketing; wearable tech; multi and omni channel platforms.
For sectors that never stand still and are driven by innovation and disruption, we created The Collective by Lewis Silkin to help drive commercial understanding and foster valuable relationships. The Collective insight we offer our clients is second to none which is why some of the world’s most recognised traditional and online retailers, restaurant chains, drinks brands, fitness and wellness providers, fashion houses and hotels trust us to advise them.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
CBDC - the future of payments and money in the UK?09 February 2023
Back in April 2022 I wrote an article about the future of cryptoassets, payments and money in the UK. At that time, the UK government announced that it intended to bring in a regulatory regime for stablecoins used as a means of payment.
Lewis Silkin has advised Sideshow Group on the acquisition of More204 November 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its client, Sideshow Group, on the acquisition of leading marketing & data science business, More2.
Lewis Silkin has advised Sarah Raven’s Kitchen & Garden Limited on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rookery Farm Packing Limited03 August 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its client, Sarah Raven’s Kitchen & Garden, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rookery Farm Packing Limited, the plant nursery and order fulfilment service provider with which it has worked for thirteen years. The directors of Rookery Farm, David & Elaine Robinson, are staying on to manage the operation which employs some 50 permanent staff.
Controversial NI Protocol Bill passed – EU turns up the heat by issuing further legal action against UK27 July 2022
Nothing that concerns Brexit and Northern Ireland (NI) was ever going to be straightforward, given the potentially divisive and disruptive nature of any arrangements relating to the latter in the context of trying to reach a deal on the former.
Act now or pay later? FCA publishes important guidance on ensuring fair terms in unregulated Buy Now Pay Later credit agreements24 February 2022
In relation to unregulated “Buy Now, Pay Later” (BNPL) credit agreements, the government has consulted and intends to bring these products within the scope of regulation
Boutique hotel trends for 2022: What’s next for the sector? Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Boutique Hotelier09 December 2021
The impact of Covid-19 on the luxury hotel sector has, arguably, been felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. The sector has been faced with an unparalleled fight for survival – with most hotels having to close their doors to customers for considerable amounts of time throughout the last year and a half.
Phoenix Rising: Key Trends for the Hotel Sector in 2022. Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News07 December 2021
The impact of the pandemic on the hotel and leisure sector was, arguably, felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. With no ability to pivot their business to ‘online’, and no prospect that ‘working from home’ might provide a temporary solution, the sector was faced with an unprecedented fight for survival.
The Hospitality Industry’s Covid Balancing Act: Anna Sella writes for CLH News26 November 2021
From 19 July 2021 (dubbed 'Freedom Day' by some), the Government effectively transferred the responsibility for deciding what amounts to appropriate measures to keep workers and customers safe into individual businesses. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer - even businesses in the same sector will need to take into account very different considerations.