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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,...

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 II Given the way in which a distributorship agreement can come into existence ( see here ) it should come as no surprise that there can be confusion as to the...

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...

Top tips for moves - the poacher's perspective

Parissa Torabi
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Poaching senior hires from competitors is nothing new in the fashion world. The moves of Jigsaw’s chief finance officer, Claire Wain, to Jack Wills and Liz Evans, the chief executive of Oasis and Warehouse to Fat Face, are two recent examples. It can...

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