0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Sainsbury’s response to Amazon’s entry into the grocery business

20 June 2017

So, hot on the heels of the news yesterday about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, we have Sainsbury’s looking at an aggressive expansion plan with its proposed acquisition of Nisa. This follows Sainsbury’s decision last summer to close its Netto stores after abandoning a joint venture with a Danish retailer. We’re just waiting for confirmation now that an exclusivity agreement has been put in place between Nisa and Sainsbury’s which should keep the other competitors from the door for a few weeks/months. It will then come down to whether the group of Nisa’s shopkeeper members decide to forego relative independence for the hope of extracting increased business from a known big brand. From Sainsbury’s side, it looks as though the convenience grocery business continues to be a draw and a focus for them. Interesting times ahead.

related opinions

Service charges – the bad news keeps coming for tenants!

A few months ago, we discussed a case where the Court of Appeal ruled that the wording of a lease precluded the tenant from arguing that certain costs should not have been included in the service charge calculation. A recent high-profile case concerns a broadly similar issue, this time in relation to the proportion of the landlord’s costs payable by a tenant.

View blog

A landlord’s service charge certificate was conclusive as to the sums payable by a tenant under a lease

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the wording of a service charge clause precluded a tenant from challenging the sums claimed by a landlord.

View blog

Handing back an empty shell of a building did not fulfil a vacant possession break condition

Break rights have proved a fertile source of litigation over the last few years. Courts have consistently required strict compliance with the terms of those rights.

View blog

Retail ATMs and business rates: clarity at last!

Judgement has been handed down for the seminal case of Cardtronics UK Ltd and others (Respondents) v Sykes and others (Valuation Officers) (Appellants) [2020] UKSC 21.

View blog

mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up