Retail, Food & Hospitality

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Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

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Head of Retail Group

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With over 30 years’ experience assisting the UK’s largest retailers, food manufacturers and hospitality groups, we recognise the unique challenges faced by this diverse and dynamic sector. Our nationwide team of specialists include former in-house and city lawyers, with the knowledge and skills to help turn challenges into commercial opportunities, protecting your top line.

The DWF difference
Many firms claim to know the sector, but few have as much in-house experience as we do. Our partners and lawyers have worked closely with many of the sector's leading names, including Marks & Spencer, PepsiCo, Harvey Nichols, De Vere hotels, Mamas & Papas and Iceland, in roles such as in-house counsel or secondment. That experience means you don’t just get a lawyer who claims to know the sector; you get a lawyer who really does. 

Our experience includes pulling together submissions for a supermarket, in just days, to appear before a Parliamentary Select Committee during the horsemeat scandal. Providing insight and outstanding technical know-how ensured our client was prepared for the process and its brand represented in the best possible light. Brand protection became our key focus and we used the media proactively to start to rebalance the story. We put the retailers’ perspective across in a clear, meaningful way to help protect our client’s brand. Our work was recognised by being voted runner up for the Regulatory team of the year at The Lawyer Awards.

Milk industry giant, First Milk view us as their trusted advisers instructing the team in a series of brand critical corporate deals, over the span of a year, including the Muller-Wiseman take over, acquisition of CNP sports nutrition, acquisition of Kingdom Cheese and a joint venture with Fonterra

"DWF provide responsive, pro-active, professional advice and support... I have no hesitation in recommending the firm."
First Milk Limited 

International retailers and hotel brands trust us when developing their property portfolios, from the simple projects through to the complex multi-use developments. Whether it is expanding Arcadia’s or Marks & Spencer’s Scottish estate or supporting Whitbread on the acquisition of the first five sites for its new ‘hub by Premier Inn’ hotel brand, big names trust us to deliver the solutions they need. 

"DWF has in-depth sector knowledge and expertise as well as a willingness to understand and work with Halfords to take our business forward."

Wherever you need us, we are there
We offer a full legal service to clients. This means that whenever you have an issue, we have people on the ground who are never more than two hours away ‒ wherever you are in the UK or Ireland. 

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