We have a wealth of experience within the retail sector dealing with assets ranging from restaurants and food halls to luxury fashion outlets, garden centres and out of town developments. Our practice has grown to include the fitness and leisure industry with high growth businesses instructing us on their acquisitions and disposals and global brands seeking our advice on management and performance of their retail portfolios. 

In a constantly evolving and challenging sector, we provide resourceful, thorough and pragmatic legal advice in addition to offering consistent, dependable and personal service through our connected approach to property, corporate, tax and employment law.

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Experience

Assisting a major global brand to secure space for their second UK food hall in the heart of London’s South Bank following successful ventures in Lisbon, Dubai and the US (Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal). During negotiations we were instructed to provide a variety of advice to the client in relation to construction matters, planning, tax, advertising, concession arrangements, guarantees, licencing and the incorporation of an extensive fit-out.

Acting for a high-end Chinese fashion brand on the acquisition of a design studio and showroom in Central London.

Acting on behalf of one of the largest garden centre and lifestyle retail groups in the UK and Channel Islands on their UK real estate strategy. This has included the acquisition of 10 garden centres and most recently  its purchase of a portfolio comprising eight Wyevale Garden centres, owned by private equity firm Terra Firma for a value in excess of £34m.

Acting on behalf of a family owned garden centre business in relation to the disposal of their business and subsequent redevelopment, refinancing and letting of the site

Advising landlords in connection with the grant of concession leases to national retailers including negotiation of bespoke turnover rent and service charge provisions and planning advice.

Acting for garden centre operators on energy micro-generation proposals, lease restructurings and redevelopment proposals.

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

Recent rankings and awards

Real Estate: Commercial property - General / Investment 
Legal 500 2017

Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London) - Noted Firm
Chambers and Partners 2015