Latest by Simon Edwards

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What if the CEO asks me about… the people implications of our growing online presence

Published on 21 July 2021. By Simon Edwards, Partner

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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to numerous changes in the retail sector, with one of the key ones being the growth in online sales – according to the ONS as of January 2021 online sales represented 35.1% of total retail sales versus just 19.5% in January 2020 (though the latest figures from May 2021 show that this has dropped back to 28.5% as things have started to open back up).

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The Great British (Local) High Street

Published on 14 June 2021. By Dea Gagoshidze, Trainee Solicitor and Simon Edwards, Partner

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There is no doubt that the UK high street has been hit hard in recent years, not least by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But alongside the headline grabbing news of shop closures, there were in fact over 7,500 new shop openings between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

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What if the CEO asks me about... whether we are all set for an advertising blitz now lockdown is easing?

Published on 24 May 2021. By Simon Edwards, Partner and Paul Joukador, Partner

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As lockdown eases in the UK and businesses start to fully re-open, there has been a significant upturn in advertising. Many brands are urgently rushing to get their advertising out and are looking for the best placement of that advertising.

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What if the CEO asks me about... moving to a turnover rent model?

Published on 13 April 2021. By Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner and Simon Edwards, Partner

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On 10 March 2021 the Government announced that existing protections for tenants on non-payment of rent and against landlords' use of forfeiture and CRAR (the ability to sell a tenant's goods where rent is not paid) were to be extended until the end of June 2021.

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What if the CEO asks me about… the latest online customer solutions?

Published on 01 December 2020. By Simon Edwards, Partner and Paul Joukador, Partner

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Nine months of extreme disruption has accelerated retail brands' need to maximise their online shopping experience. With Covid-19 restrictions here to stay for the foreseeable future, and the future purpose of the physical store being re-examined, there is no doubt that online will continue to be a key consumer interface.

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Dear Legal, can we put a laundrette in store?

Published on 28 November 2019. By Simon Edwards, Partner and Rachael Ellis, Associate

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How should brands navigate a change to their high street store space?

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Shop til' you Pop: Amazon's Electric Avenue

Published on 27 June 2019. By Simon Edwards, Partner and Rachael Ellis, Associate and Lucy Baughan, Associate

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Amazon is opening 10 pop-up shops in the UK, as a platform for over 100 small online brands to start selling via bricks and mortar. The pilot will run throughout the UK for around a year, with each pop-up opening for between six to eight weeks.

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Looking at the success of the UK's war on plastic

Published on 29 May 2019. By Simon Edwards, Partner

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Savvy brands will be working to realise the potential of reducing plastic consumption; not just from a sustainability perspective but also from a sales and branding perspective. Not only could it help to save the penguins, but also to boost sales.

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