Retail & Luxury Brand Solicitors

Key facts: Retail sector legal advice

  • Whatever your business within the retail sector, our retail lawyers understand this challenging market and work across a range of areas including e-commerce, corporate and commercial, commercial property, dispute resolution and employment law to help advise and provide solutions for your business. Our specialist lawyers act for a wide range of retail and leisure clients from high street retailers to online entities and luxury goods retailers.
  • We can help you with retail commercial property matters including commercial property conveyancing and commercial property disputes, protect your IP rights, manage your contractual relationships, incentivise staff, raise equity and deal with commercial disputes.
  • Our data protection solicitors can advise you on a range of data protection law issues, from what is covered by data protection, preventing breaches and violations to who needs to register, and following the principles in the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Our dispute resolution, commercial and corporate teams can work together to resolve retail disputes and protect your contractual rights.
  • Our offices are in Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge and London if you need a meeting, but we typically work remotely to keep our overheads low which enables us to offer our innovative pricing packages.

What our retail solicitors do

Our retail solicitors are legal advisers to a variety of retailers and luxury brands. Our expert lawyers have vast experience in acquiring retailing businesses, protecting retail trade marks, branding and marketing, retailing online, recruiting and dismissing staff at all levels of seniority, and managing commercial property matters.

We provide cost-effective expert legal advice across a range of areas relevant to the retail industry:

  • Commercial retail property, whether this be advising commercial landlords on their property portfolios or tenants on leases in the retail sector, so that they can secure the best premises for their retail business. We have retail property solicitors ready to assist your business with pre-let agreements, lease renewals and assignments, whether contentious or non-contentious.
  • Commercial – whether you require advice on commercial contracts relating to procurement, supply or manufacturing, franchising or agency and distribution agreements, we can help.
  • Corporate – we work with our retail clients on mergers and acquisitions and disposals of retail businesses, as well as shareholder arrangements, joint ventures and innovative methods of raising business finance, such as venture capital and private equity.
  • Data protection and privacy – in the increasingly large and complex e-marketplace we advise on data protection issues such as drafting policies or procedures, advising on data analytics, new media or data subject access requests.
  • Employment law – we can advise your HR department and senior management on employment law issues, providing you with tailored employment contracts and policies and procedures for the retail industry, ad hoc advice on workforce issues and assistance with managing procedures relating to redundancy, performance management, sickness absence or disciplinary matters.
  • IP – we can assist you with IP strategy looking at influencer marketing, various IP rights and how to register trademarks, company names and domain names, as well as how to protect your brand. Equally we can assist with IP disputes relating to infringements of your business’ IP.
  • IT & commercial technology – we can advise on technology and e-commerce providing tailored terms and conditions and innovative solutions and strategies relating to the use of new technologies by retailers.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.

Legal advice for retail businesses

We understand the commercial issues involved in retail depends on the product and market involved, which is why we endeavour to understand both you, your products and your consumers.

We provide advice to entrepreneurs, companies and other retailers of fashion and clothing, food and drink, electronics, technology and consumer goods. Whether you are a crowdfunded start-up or a large multi-national with many stores, our dedicated team of specialists are adept at translating your needs into enforceable contracts.

Our solicitors can advise on a broad range of issues varying from simple agreements to complex high-value deals. In particular, we can advise on:

  • acquiring leases or other assets (for high street shops)
  • managing real estate portfolios (for landlords of retailers)
  • online retailing
  • marketing and brand protection (including on the internet)
  • data protection, e-commerce and other regulations relating to retailers including product safety and competition matters
  • commercial contracts including licensing and franchising agreements
  • employment matters for retailers
  • restructuring and refinancing retail businesses
  • buying and selling retail businesses

Examples of our work

Lawyers with retail sector experience

At Harper James Solicitors, we advise a number of innovative and growing retailers, including fashion brands, luxury brands, jewellers, beauty brands and perfumers, and many other designers and sellers of consumer goods.

Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 law firms or international businesses, and come with a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of the retail sector. Our retail team spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a business solicitor with retail experience to deal with your issue quickly and cost-effectively.

Many of our solicitors have deep and varied experience in the retail sector. Just some of their previous retail legal work includes:

  • Acting on product liability claims for a range of retailers, from central heating boilers to children’s toys.
  • Advising on product recalls, in relation to pan-European motor vehicle recalls.
  • Advising on contractual issues relating to the purchase and chartering of luxury motor yachts.
  • Acting for a fashion retailer selling via QVC home shopping channel.
  • Acting for a high-end shoe designer to enforce intellectual property rights against an infringer.
  • Acting for various retailers and landlords of retail property.

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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