There has been a revolution in retail. The convergence of bricks and clicks, emergence of dark stores and increase of convenience stores, reliance on multi-channel platforms, increased consumer choice, economic changes, extended supply chains and the increasingly complex regulatory framework that surrounds them present opportunities for retailers.

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From farm to fork, factory to front door, our expert sector team advises on a full range of legal disciplines. Whether consumer channels (including website and mobile app development, licensing and end-user terms and conditions), executive contracts, remuneration levels, exits and board disputes, single site developments, complex international multi-site, multi-use developments or working with regulators and government departments, as well as the media, to shape future legislation. We want to reduce risks, create opportunities and build sustainable, innovative strategies for success.  

DWF is the most popular law firm that FTSE 100 retailers currently turn to, according to a report by The Lawyers Market Intelligence team. We think like retailers and deliver the best service to meet your commercial needs. We save you time and money through the use of innovative information management. We provide expert strategic solutions to achieve commercial objectives and we provide an international service, delivered locally. 

Having worked in-house for some of the largest retailers, as well as on secondments, our industry experts understand your commercial needs and the energetic legal solutions required. 

We believe that an exemplary legal service, combined with over 30 years of experience of working in the retail sector, is the reason that major household names like Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols and Morrisons trust us.

Quotes from our clients include:

“DWF has developed a deep understanding of how our Group operates. On appointment they put together a team who focused on getting to know our business and who quickly aligned with our approach. There is a natural synergy between their team and ours.” Pinder Sandhu, Director of Legal & Compliance, Western Europe, Adidas

“We are grateful to DWF for their excellent legal advice and for their efficiency in the management of over £300m of acquisitions, some of which were complex and the ongoing legal management of our portfolio. Abby Dry and the DWF team have an impressive understanding of our business. We like the fact that DWF are ambitious and innovative and we have found Andrew Leaitherland to be an impressive CEO. We have complete confidence in the DWF team.” Allan Lockhart, Property Director, NewRiver Retail Limited

Quotes from our clients via Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 include:

"They are very commercially geared. They do not tell us what we already know, but debate the best way to go with high-risk issues."

"They know our business well and they are very thorough."

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The DWF & Raconteur ‘Future of Retail’ report combines DWF's legal expertise with insights from some of the UK's top retailers. Essential reading for everyone involved in delivering growth in retail.

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Some of our experts

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Ed Meikle

Partner - Head of Retail Group

I advise on all aspects of intellectual property law, especially advising businesses in retail, food, sport and consumer products on the development, commercialisation and protection of their brands and technology.

Iain McLean


I am a well-known figure throughout the UK real estate market, advising those involved in investing, developing or occupying property within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.

Rehman Noormohamed

Partner - Head of Education & Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

I have extensive expertise in acting for UK public sector clients, private international businesses and IT consulting houses on complex and large-scale IT, communications and business transformation projects and e-commerce, cloud computing, data protection and intellectual property matters.

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In a rapidly changing market, retailers are focusing on delivering value and quality in an omnichannel world, whilst trying to navigate the complex political landscape of the living wage and a potential exit from the EU. We spoke to leading retail organisations in the UK to understand what the ‘Future of Retail’ looks like.

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