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The contribution of just under 30,000 businesses with an annual turnover of £10m to £149million is seriously at risk from a lack of identity, shortage of skills and talent and macro-economic uncertainty, a new benchmark report has revealed. Released today, the report uses an unprecedented range of intelligence about UK mid size businesses’ priorities, strengths […]

Online pricing, unfair practices and consumer protection

By Gwendoline Davies High street jeweller H Samuel has been fined for providing misleading pricing information online. The case highlights both what retailers can and can’t do when it comes to posting prices and promotions; and a new national and international drive towards the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Retail and Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist Gwendoline […]

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By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague Walker Morris reported, at the end of last month, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases […]

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By Ruth Ormrod Why is this case relevant to retailers? Where a commercial tenant’s lease is protected under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the 1954 Act), the tenant has a statutory right of renewal. Security of tenure is especially important for retailers, as one of their most valuable assets – goodwill – […]

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By Gwendoline Davies, Tim Pickworth  What are the issues and key risks? Recent analysis released by payments group Adyen has revealed that 60% of British retailers have noticed an increase in fraud over the last year. This is backed up by hard statistics – the Office for National Statistics figures released at the end of […]

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