At MacRoberts, our clients know that they have the backing of a responsive, cross-disciplinary team with extensive market knowledge. We have in-depth experience of the retail sector, having acted in some of the largest commercial real estate deals in Scotland.

Long established in the Scottish retail market with an excellent reputation in retail investment and development, we advise clients on a wide range of matters including finance, commercial property and leasing, tax, employment, intellectual property and technology. Commercially focused, committed and innovative, our team provides a personal service delivered to the highest level.


“In addition to the personal, full-service offering at partner level, clients can be safe in the knowledge that whatever the nature of their business – complex supermarket chains, niche retail, fashion, food and drink – at MacRoberts, we can tailor our services and leverage our expertise to suit any retail client’s unique needs.”

Kelsey Gibson, Head of Retail
    • Food & Drink Zero Waste Week – Don't cry over spoilt beer Industrial beer waste is expected to rise considerably as a result of COVID-19. As we celebrate Zero Waste Week, we focus on steps the brewing industry can take, and have taken, to reduce waste.
    • Food & Drink Beer, breweries and COVID-19 While the hospitality industry has been allowed to partially re-open (under exception of localised lockdown in Aberdeen), earlier drastic Government restrictions mean brewers across Scotland will require extraordinary measures to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Pensions BHS and Arcadia Schemes: Greater scrutiny of corporate activity on the horizon As the pensions industry digests the re-introduced Pension Schemes Bill and eagerly awaits The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) new funding code, TPR has published details of two cases which aptly demonstrate the direction of travel of its intervention and enforcement work – both of which indirectly involve the retail tycoon Sir Philip Green.
    • Business Services Asda and Sainsbury's merger fails to check out The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) have blocked the proposed merger between J Sainsbury plc (“Sainsbury’s”) and Asda Group Ltd (“Asda”) on the grounds that it would lead to price rises for consumers online, in store and in relation to fuel. Below we look at the reasoning behind the CMA’s decision and what it means for businesses considering a possible merger and/or potential acquisition.
    • Retail Sir, can I e-mail you your e-receipt? Thinking about the last time you shopped in a store, were you asked if they could send you your receipt by e-mail? It is a question asked with greater frequency, but is this a loophole to the e-mail marketing rules for retailers?

Hospitality & Leisure at MacRoberts

We have extensive experience of working with hospitality and leisure businesses throughout the UK, providing a fully comprehensive legal service to a wide range of businesses including hotels, pubs, restaurants, travel and tourism operators and sporting and leisure facilities.

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