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Fashion retail: the landscape is changing for landlords and tenants

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It was reported last month that H&M is offering landlords “total occupational deals”. In essence, the tenant offers the landlord a sum linked to the amount of sales the store makes. The landlord then decides how to divide it between rent,...

Protecting your brand: are restrictive covenants fashionable again?

Parissa Torabi
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Fashion brands worldwide commonly use post-termination restrictive covenants to prevent former employees from competing unfairly, whether that is by joining a competitor, or poaching employees or customers. High-profile disputes are often reported in...

Off the record, without prejudice and pre-termination negotiations

Mark Watson
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These terms are often heard when employers seek to bring an individual’s employment to an end. But what do they mean and what practical tips are there for employers? Off the record A conversation that is unofficial, and not to be disclosed or...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, August 2019

Stephen Sidkin
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The opportunities presented by Brexit Could there be opportunities for suppliers and distributors as a result of the UK leaving the EU, as is expected, on 31 October 2019 without a withdrawal agreement being in place? The question may seem...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, July 2019

Stephen Sidkin
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Notice terminating the distributorship agreement arrives.  In truth, the distributor has been expecting it for a while – all good things must past etc.  But what if the notice is defective?  In particular, what if the distributorship...

Buy now, pay later - the financial services issue for fashion

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Encouraging consumers to buy means for some retailers and brands finding ways to enable them to pay. So, as the demand for “buy now, pay later” continues to rise, particularly amongst younger consumers, the industry must consider more...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Taking over distribution There can be various reasons for a supplier to want to take over distribution from its existing distributor although usually these fall in to two broad categories – money and service. Take the situation where the...

Trade mark problems for leading sports brands

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Adidas and Nike. Rivals in sportswear. But now both face significant trade mark problems within a few hours of each other.  Earlier this week the EU General Court gave judgment invalidating Adidas’ signature three-stripe trade mark. Meanwhile,...

Digital concessions - how brands can take back control

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Digital concessions can provide the answer to the question that has troubled brands for many years: how to cope with the growth of the online channel that has led to a loss of control over distribution, and in particular a loss of control over the price and...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Governing law and jurisdiction – the key issues for any distributorship agreement – Part I Following on from my  last blog , playing away from home can have various consequences – some of which may be enjoyable! But being forced to...

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