Retail

Our retail team works with national and international retailers, as well as businesses across the supply chain, to provide pragmatic and commercial advice. Fast growing and highly experienced, we work with an increasing number of high street names. Benefitting from a London-base, but retaining the majority of our operations in Cardiff,  we deliver our services at very competitive rates.

We offer the combined skill-set of HR, fire risk, occupational health and HSE specialists alongside our expert employment lawyers, ensuring that whether your challenges are strategic or operational, we can help. Our team includes a former Employment Tribunal Judge, the former in-house legal counsels for B&Q Plc, Glaxosmithkline Plc and Remploy, accredited mediators and members of the leadership teams in businesses such as The Body Shop, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Virgin Retail, Coca Cola, and Greggs.

And, as founder member of Consulegis, a global network of respected firms, we can support your ambitions anywhere in the world.

We already act for many high street names including:

  • Association of Convenience Stores
  • Camper
  • Healthspan
  • Ted and Muffy
  • JoJo Maman Bebe
  • Joules
  • Lego
  • Mango
  • Simply Fresh
  • Store 21
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Virgin Holidays
  • Weird Fish

“The advice and support we have received during what can be stressful and difficult times has been second to none and is far superior to other firms we have tried in the past. I found Capital Law’s understanding of intricate and complex employment issues within the retail environment refreshing with complicated policies explained in an easy to understand format.” 

Karen Fry, Operations Director, JoJo Maman Bebe

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Examples of some of the projects that we have delivered include:

    • Strategic advice on designing, planning and implementing a change management programme at a large retail distribution warehouse involving substantial changes in shift patterns and working hours for 8,000 employees.
    • Advising on the sale, by a large retailer, of one if its brands, ensuring the TUPE implications were properly dealt with and practically implemented.
    • Advising on the exit of senior management, often director level with shareholdings.
    • Managing and implementing a TUPE consultation process and a redundancy programme for Healthspan

     

    • Successfully defended one of the first major disability discrimination by association claims brought by an employee against a large retailer
    • Managing the Employment Tribunal case loads of large retailers across the UK including representing cases at Tribunal, initiating and conducting mediation and negotiating settlement via ACAS.
    • Advising on the legal implications of ending agreements with commercial agents in the UK and across Europe and defending claims brought by agents often involving cross-jurisdictional issues.
    • Advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants against a former senior designer who joined a competing business

     

    • Working with Virgin Holidays to deliver their Emerging Leaders programme. Capital were involved in all aspects of the programme including designing the assessment criteria and providing personal development plans and coaching to the successful candidates. Other sector beneficiaries of our Executive Coaching and Leadership & Management training include Amazon and Ikea
    • Providing training to HR teams of large retailers on all aspects of employment law and providing training to operational managers on matters such as diversity in the workplace

     

    • Advising a Spanish retailer when it first opened stores in the UK including drafting all of their HR documentation, as well as devising an effective organisational management structure to maximise their delivery capability, involving roles from assistant store manager to country manager.
    • Designing and implementing a universally applicable Staff Handbook and universally valid template contracts of employment for use by a retailer across its stores in the UK, Europe and the US.
    • Providing expert Occupational Health, Health & Safety, Environmental & Fire Risk advice, assessment and training to the likes of Lego, Tata Steel, Admiral and British Airways.
    • Providing ad hoc advice on day-to-day issues including disciplinary & grievance matters, holiday pay, taxation, flexible working requests etc.
    • Coordinating local advice for managing staff at overseas concessions, branches and warehouses
    • Substantially reducing the sickness absence rate at a large retailer through designing and delivering a training programme to educate and build the confidence of store managers.

     

Here are examples of the most recent cases we’ve been involved in:

  • Strategic advice on planning and implementing change management programmes involving altering the working hours of 8,000 staff across the UK
  • Advising on a TUPE transfer affecting a facilities management company and supermarket chain (trade union involvement
  • Designing and delivering bespoke training to store and area managers as well as head office managers on managing disciplinary and grievance investigations.
  • Acting for Indian Manufacturer of Sports Equipment in a high value contractual dispute with UK Sports Equipment retailer;
  • Acting for The Royal Mint on a range of contentious matters arising out of its sale of commemorative coins to consumers;
  • Providing a range of contentious and non-contentious legal advice to Sigma 3 Kitchens on all aspects of its business;

For information about our retail employment law diploma, please view the brochure below: