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Our fashion expertise

In the fashion industry mission-critical business assets consist of intellectual property rights, trading arrangements, contracts, and information technology systems. Survival may depend on effective protection of these assets.

Whatever legal issue you are facing now or are likely to face in the future, our Fashion Law Group delivers industry-specific legal advice, tailored to your needs. We are passionate about the commercial issues that concern you - getting your products to customers and protecting the things that make your business distinctive.

To get your products to customers necessitates a wide range of commercial agreements as you enter into a series of business relationships. We have special expertise in advising on distributorship, agency and supply agreements. We also know the tricks behind conditions of sale - as well as conditions of purchase. Our clients benefit from our advice on concession and franchise agreements.

We recognise that your business is unique because of its intellectual property. There are two issues that need to be considered - protection and exploitation. We advise on all forms of protecting copyright and trade marks, design rights and database rights as well as know-how. We can assist you in the sale or purchase of a new business or raising capital. We also provide specialist corporate advice in relation to corporate governance matters, group reorganisations, shareholder agreements and insolvency situations. We also handle commercial property disposals and complex portfolio sales as well as property management and leasing.

Employment problems frequently require a quick response. Our extensive knowledge and experience of the law affecting the workplace enables us to provide practical, tailored advice. And, if the worst comes to the worst and you are involved in a dispute relating to manufacture, distribution or retailing, we will seek to resolve your dispute whether at a domestic or international level.

We were extremely proud to advise SuperGroup PLC in the highest profile fashion IPO of the year which raised £125 million: £120m from institutional investors and £5m from retail investors, pricing the Company at £395 million.

Recently, we have:

  • We advised an institutional landlord on the grant of a lease to Zara of its Oxford Street store.
  • We advised John Smedley on its new distributorship agreement with Mitsui.
  • We advised Rainbowwave in respect of its claims following termination of its agency agreement with each of J Brand and Lisa Marie Fernandez.
  • We acted for an international supplier to Brantano on its successive administrations in 2016 and 2017 and successfully asserted our client’s retention of title claims. 
  • We acted for Bebe Clothing in its High Court claim for breach of confidence and copyright infringement against Primark.
  • Reached a settlement on the infringement of a fashion client’s designs resulting in a royalty being paid for each item sold.
  • Obtained withdrawal and damages against a leading supermarket retailer for infringement of a fashion client’s style of t-shirts.
  • Successfully defended a well known casual womanswear retailer for alleged infringement of design rights. The litigation that had been threatened was abandoned.
  • Prepared distribution agreement for the following territories: Italy, Mexico and South Korea
  • Steered a number of leading fashion brands through senior executive departures - as well as advising directors of major brands on their restrictive covenants


  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze