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Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

With the recent collapse of a few retailers, including House of Fraser earlier this month, and retail parks and shopping centres changing their business structure and appearance with the rise of online shopping, it is time to remind ourselves of what a ‘pre-pack’ can offer to retailers when things go wrong. What is a pre-pack? …

Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

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Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

In 1992 a fashion designer borrowed a pot of red nail varnish from his assistant, and in painting the sole of a stiletto heel in the scarlet colour, created a brand that is to many recognisable throughout the world as the work of Christian Louboutin. Earlier this summer, the European Court of Justice ruled that …

Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

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The crash of a retail giant: What is left to be said about House of Fraser’s concessions

Online shopping is growing faster than ever and retailers must find a sustainable way to compete. The collapse of House of Fraser is raising serious questions about viability for traditional and internet businesses relying on concessions to promote their products in malls and shopping centres. There are key issues to consider if you find yourself …

The crash of a retail giant: What is left to be said about House of Fraser’s concessions

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Rent Reviews: Not to be disregarded

A landlord can only conduct a rent review if there is a rental review provision in the lease. In modern leases, reviews are around every three to five years. Negotiations over rent clauses are crucial because the landlord will have a different objective to the tenant as the provisions often only allow for increases in …

Rent Reviews: Not to be disregarded

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New Scheme for Business Tenants

HMCTS have initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals, by transferring them over from the Central London County Court to the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) Property Chamber. On a positive note, this should reduce unnecessary delays and force parties into focusing on the job at hand but …

New Scheme for Business Tenants

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Retail goes Pop at Christmas

The rise of the ‘pop up’ shop in shopping centres and high streets throughout the UK has kept the retail team at Sherrards working flat out in the run up to Christmas.  Led by Terry Fendt and Stephanie Kierans, they have provided the legal advice on 28 pop up stores for long standing client Menkind …

Retail goes Pop at Christmas

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