Retail and Leisure

protecting your brand

Above all, it is about the future of Retail and Leisure in Ireland

The retail and leisure sectors are going through a very difficult time at the moment. Communications and online presence are re-defining the retail and leisure industries. Our clients are continually looking for us to advise them in a diverse range of areas. They are looking to us, in order to ensure that their businesses remain competitive and successful.

We also advise client in relation to commercial property related matters. We specialise in the following areas of Retail and Leisure law:

  • Employment issues
  • Conveyancing
  • Licensing
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Franchising
  • Protecting your trademark and brand
  • GDPR
  • Brexit issues
  • Health and Safety

Retail and Leisure Worldwide

The industry is going through enormous changes as consumers move away from traditional buying methods towards online shopping and services. At the coal face of this seismic change is mobile technology and social media. There is a move away from the traditional retailing to online shopping. 

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Without doubt, we give practical advice

Adams Law LLP deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters in the Retail and Leisure sectors. Our highly skilled solicitors act for retailers, hoteliers, hotel chains, hotel developers, restaurateurs, wholesalers, investors, private equity firms, venture capital firms, franchise holders and franchisees in Ireland and abroad.

Adams Law LLP advises some of the world’s best-known brands, including high-street retailers, international leisure companies, luxury brands and food & beverage businesses.  

Intellectual Property for Retail and Leisure

In the on-line world of retail and leisure, the protection of your brand is absolutely key to the continued success of your business. Our solicitors are experts in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Successful brands do not happen by themselves. Of paramount importance to every business is the protection of their brand. The consequences of not protecting your brand can be significant. Protection enables you to realise the full commercial benefit of your IP assets.

Intellectual property advice for Retail and Leisure

Protecting your brand is key to the success of your business. We can assist you in registering your trademark and designs. If someone is using your brand without your permission we can assist you in taking proceedings against that offender in order to ensure your reputation and brand is protected. In addition, we can help you draft contracts and licences if you are franchising your business.

Our expert solicitors will guide you through the process every step of the way. 

Employment & HR for Retail and Leisure

At Adams Law LLP, one of the most significant areas that we advise on is employment law. A whole range of issues arise for retail and leisure businesses during the working week. Some of the areas that we have advised on recently are:-

  • Employment contracts.
  • Redundancies and unfair dismissals.
  • Zero hour contracts.
  • Minimum wage, working time and Sunday working.
  • Fraud and theft.
  • Disciplinary and grievance matters and procedures.
  • Working conditions.
  • Negotiating with Unions.


The regulatory team deals with all aspects of regulatory compliance including environmental law, health and safety and trading standards.

Brexit is a challenge for retailers. We advise on regulatory compliance. 

Debt Recovery

Unfortunately, no matter how robust your own credit control processes are, you will more than likely encounter debtors who fail to pay on time. What we do constantly for our clients:-

  • we can provide practical advice in relation to your debt
  • Adams Law LLP will send out letters of demand
  • we can follow up calls with debtors on the telephone
  • Adams Law LLP will issue legal proceedings
  • we can then seek to enforce judgments

Indeed, as a specialist debt collection solicitors we have the expertise, technology and experience to provide a fast debt collection service. 

So, our aim is to try to ensure recovery of your debt quickly, transparently and in an cost efficient manner.

Fast Food Retail

We  have specialist knowledge and understanding of the fast food restaurant sector. We have advised on:-

  • restrictive conditions in planning permissions.
  • licensing for fit-outs.
  • turnover rent review clauses.
  • franchise issues.
  • environmental issues.

We advise many types of businesses in relation to property issues for the fast food sector. In addition, we advise on regulatory and commercial issues for the fast food retail sector. 

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Of course, when a dispute arises you need solicitors that have the technical experience to fight your case. We understand the retail and leisure business. Our retail and leisure solicitors provide legal expertise and the commercial understanding required in difficult times.

We are here to support you through difficult litigation. Above all, it is about achieving a commercial resolution to your problem. This may be achieved either through the court system. On the other hand, through alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. Our clients recognise our expertise in complex commercial disputes.

Our solicitors are many years experience in mediations and arbitrations

Planning & Environment

Our planning law team has significant experience. Adams Law LLP regularly deals with all types retail and leisure planning issues. We understand that sometimes a proactive approach is required and that you often face tight deadlines in the planning process and litigation.  We work at your pace. Our aim is to make the process as smooth as possible.

Adams Law LLP regularly advise on planning applications and appeals. We also advise on judicial reviews and other associated planning and environmental issues.

Conveyancing for Retail and Leisure

Indeed, property acquisition and leasing plays a major role in retail and leisure. Location can very often be key to a businesses success. We have many years experience acting for some of the largest retailers and leisure operators in Ireland.

Timing is everything

Of course, we understand that timing is key in acquisitions. A delay in completing a transaction could impact any rent free period which a retailer has been given. In addition, it can affect recruitment and cause warehousing problems when stock is not moved into a store. Whether you are acquiring, developing or disposing of stores or dealing with management of your portfolio you need to talk to Adams Law LLP. So, we can provide you with hassle free conveyancing. We can provide clear and uncomplicated litigation advice. We will help you make the right decisions.

Finally, our recent highlights of work

  • Firstly, we advised major food retailers and clothes retailers. Advice in relation to leasing of units in mixed use developments. We also acquired a portfolio of properties. In addition, we dealt with employment law litigation. Litigation arose in respect of health and safety issues and corporate law issues.
  • Secondly, we took judicial review proceedings in relation to planning for a bar and hotel.
  • Thirdly, leasing of a group of commercial properties from a receiver for a leisure company.
  • Fourthly, we acted in the sale of a site for the construction of a hotel for €10M.
  • fifthly, we were instructed in the sale of a hotel group for a sum in excess of €450M
  • Sixthly, legal advice to a developer of a hotel and golf resort worth in excess of €40M.
  • Seventhly, we advised a pension fund on the acquisition of a retail and leisure investments in excess of €100M.

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Lisa Webb

Senior Associate