Retail

This team provides clients in the retail and leisure real estate industries with a sector-focused service. Ranked equal first in this area by Legal 500, it has a market-leading reputation.

Its lawyers offer advice across the retail spectrum from substantial out-of-town sites, through to high street and shopping centre units, pub companies and hotel operators.

Chambers UK 2012, recognises the firm's "solid reputation for work in the retail sector" and broad experience which "spans commercial, IP, real estate and advertising matters".

Working closely with specialists across the firm, the team provides clients with full-service expertise and experience.

Led by partner Christopher Hunt the team has a deep understanding of the retail and leisure sectors and the pressures they face.

Modern retail and leisure operators often have a global presence. The team has acted for a number of international household-name brands in their real estate requirements in the UK. It is advising on property acquisitions for one of the world's largest coffee shop operators and a global sporting brand. The team has also acted for a well-known US leisure brand on the acquisition of its first retail store on Oxford Street in London.

Clients include A S Watson (Health & Beauty) Limited, B&Q, Enterprise Inns, Fat Face, Gala Coral Group, Marks & Spencer, Marston's PLC, McDonald's Restaurants, Vodafone, Wm Morrison's Supermarkets plc and Young & Co's Brewery P.L.C.

For more information on retail & leisure, contact Christopher Hunt (christopher_hunt@wragge.com).