Retail commercial property

Tough economic conditions, combined with aggressive discounting, regulatory restrictions and increased consumer expectations, make the retail sector a challenging place in which to operate. Working closely with you to understand your business and ambitions, we help you reduce the risks you face and ensure your retail property strategy brings lasting commercial success.

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Property solutions for your business

From start-ups and first stores through to established national and international brands and franchises, high-end luxury and entrepreneurial retailers, we advise a wide range of retail clients on commercial property issues. Combining in-depth sector knowledge with legal expertise and commercial acumen, we will help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of the retail landscape.

We can help you establish the store premises for your first retail venture or support your expansion. This may involve advising you on the premises needs of your business, storage and distribution, and back office and front-line retail space, including planning, fit-out, restricted use and non-compete clauses.

Above all, we build a strong working relationship with you, founded on transparency, dialogue and trust. With a pragmatic approach and clear fee structure, we can help you achieve the ideal property solution for your retail business.


Our Commercial Property Team has significant expertise and experience dealing with regional, national and international retailers of all sizes from start-ups to PLCs and has been involved in a number of high-profile property transactions in this area. Highlights include:

  • advising on the acquisition of the Juicy Couture business
  • advising on their head office relocation to the Shard
  • advising established brand owners including Links of London, Orlebar Brown, Folli Follie, Grind and Co., Bremont Watches and Annoushka on a range of property-related matters, including new lettings and lease renewals
  • advising a range of high street and out of town retailers such as  Decathlon, HMV, WH Smith, National Trust Retail, Highgrove Enterprises, Poundland, Waitrose, Halfords, Tileflair and Saddleback in relation to property acquisitions, disposals and general estate management and property litigation matters
  • advising Kathryn Sargent on her seasonal Saville Row store


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Construction
  • Dilapidations
  • exit strategies, particularly for leasehold properties
  • freehold purchases and sales
  • funding
  • lease agreements, new or by acquisition
  • lease renewals (opposed and non opposed)
  • Planning
  • Property portfolio management
  • sale and leasebacks
  • surrenders
  • licences to alter, licences to sublet, licences to assign, change of use
  • lease regears


We enjoy working with Thrings, they are easy to work with, culturally similar to Orlebar Brown and they give us timely, pragmatic advice relevant to our business at each stage of our growth.

Irfan Harris, Finance Director, Orlebar Brown 2015