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The future of retail: what lessons can we learn from 2020?

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No-one would argue that 2020 hasn’t been tough for retailers but there are some who are emerging as clear winners from this turbulent year.

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Could new rent structure be the future of retail?

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

It was heartening to hear the latest official figures last week which showed that British retail sales have continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month.

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What does the last quarter of 2020 hold for retailers? Some signs of hope perhaps?

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It’s the September quarter day and an important day for retailers as, for many, the next quarter’s rent will be due to their landlords. However, as the Government recently extended its moratorium on the recovery of commercial rents until the end of the year landlords may not have high hopes of being paid today.

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An online sales tax: good for the high street, but bad for consumers?

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Amie Dee, from our Retail & Leisure sector team, reacts to the news that an online sales tax could be introduced by the Government.

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Situation critical: Intu’s woes tell us that retail landlords desperately need Government support

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Following the news that Intu is close to administration, Vicky Hernandez from our specialist Retail team looks at what this might mean for commercial landlords in the sector as well as the future of the high street.

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Five new task forces to facilitate re-opening of the economy sectors

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Government sets up five task forces

The Government has unveiled five new task forces devoted to vulnerable sectors of the economy.

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New COVID-19 measures to ease pressure on beleaguered tenants

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In his statement yesterday (23 April), Business Secretary set out measures to protect high street shops and other companies under strain from aggressive rent collection.

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Coronavirus and your tenants: a commercial landlord’s guide

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Guide for commercial landlords

Commercial landlords: our Real Estate team offers guidance on dealing with tenants in these unprecedented times.

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Beyond the forfeiture moratorium: reinstating your lease

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As a commercial tenant, you’re safe – for now. However, the forfeiture moratorium under the Coronavirus Act 2020 is not a rental holiday. Unless you’ve agreed alternative arrangements with your landlord, your rent still falls due under the terms of the lease.

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Ahead of today’s budget, UK retailers call for business rate reforms

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As the UK high streets continue to feel the heat, the nation’s retailers have called on the Government to take steps to relieve the pressure on the sector and ensure a level playing field with online rivals.

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Has Spring Fair lost its sparkle?

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Stephen Welfare at Spring Fair 2020

Your intrepid intellectual property lawyer has once again packed his briefcase and set off to Britain’s second largest city for the annual Trade Fair at the NEC.

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Is there copyright in cosmetics?

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Copycat products are relatively common. Supermarkets’ own products often seem to be designed to be mistaken for popular brands; what, if anything, can the owners of the ‘original’ intellectual property, do about it? A recent case looked into copyright in a product that changes appearance with use – a makeup powder.

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