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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Teresa Edmund

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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

“‘Very professional’ head of practice Teresa Edmund operates across a range of sectors including TMT, life sciences and garden-centre retail; in the latter area she advised Blue Diamond on the acquisition of the land and assets of Harlow Garden Centre. Edmund was also active for key client The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, which she advised on the re-development and pre-letting of 11 Stone Buildings to Edwin Coe LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Bristows LLP provides ‘consistently high-quality service’ and ‘works hard to understand its client’s objectives’”.

Legal 500 2019/2018

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