Business recovery for retail
As restructuring and insolvency experts, our lawyers understand the issues and unique pressures faced by our retail clients who find themselves facing an uncertain future. At a time of increased and unpredictable change, issues can arise suddenly and can be daunting when you look at how the high street and consumer habits are changing. Adapting effectively requires an extensive investment of time and a willingness to embrace change, both of which can cause upheaval to your business and stakeholders.
Retailers can face a myriad of problems, the impact of which can cause reputational and financial harm. From contractual advice on supply chain issues through to refinancing and restructuring, we’ll work with you to focus on solutions which will have the most impact in effecting positive change.
- Holistic approach – a united law firm with experts and connections to target the different issues faced by retailers including dispute resolution, landlord negotiations and lease restructuring, software and distributor/supply chain arrangements, retention of title claims, data and intellectual property protection and employment law.
- Connector – we recognise and promote the benefits of effective collaboration and will use our existing network or clients, contacts and intermediaries to provide specialist support when required.
- Specialist teams – organised across services and sectors to meet your needs and get straight to the solution.
- Practical advice – legal knowledge and mediation skills combined with commercial awareness.
- Professionals – members of the Institute of Credit Management, Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Directors.
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