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The retail and leisure sector is always facing challenges: from dynamic trends, price wars and extraordinary logistics.  This only means one thing – businesses need to adapt quickly. 


Our team of over 40 retail specialists, led by Partners Abigail Kay and Richard Holmes along with Non-Executive John Strachan provide practical advice and solutions to deal with the ever-growing number of challenges that face this fast-paced marketplace. They have worked with a wide range of brands, including international and national retailers, boutiques as well as restaurant chains. Some of the team have worked in-house at retail giants such as John Lewis.  You can be assured our lawyers understand your unique commercial objectives.

What we can advise on

  • Commercial Property

  • Landlord and Tenant matters

  • Transactional Property

  • Construction

  • Property Litigation 

  • Environmental Law


Experienced solicitors: All our solicitors have a minimum of 10 years' post qualification experience, with an average of 25 years across the team and an aggregate over 1500 years.

Accurate first time results: With our experienced team, we do not need to compromise accuracy to get a job done quickly.  This is because all our lawyers are at least 10 years qualified and carry out the matter from start to finish.  It is a principle of Davitt Jones Bould operations that our lawyers do not delegate to any junior solicitors or paralegals: that is because we simply do not have any.

Excellent Value: we separate commercial dealings from legal practice, allowing our solicitors to solely focus on providing the best legal advice, whilst commercial professionals handle the rest - at no extra cost.  There is also no ''duplication'' of legal fees as one senior solicitor carries the matter from start to finish.



Abigail Kay

Partner & Co-Head


T: 0161 399 0181


Richard Holmes

Partner & Co-Head


T: 0161 399 0183

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John Strachan



T: 077749 92896



We acted for a national pharmacy chain with over 800 stores dealing with their day to day property requirements. We advised them on the lease for over 40 new pharmacies across the UK, including locations in Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and London.  The work needed to be turned around rapidly as many of their competitors were also vying for these properties.  This work is important as the Pharmacy is trying to continue their huge expansion nationwide.


We are advising a Costa franchisee on the acquisition of Costa Coffee stores at locations across the UK.  As part of a corporate acquisition project we are advising on all of the property aspects of a multi-million pound deal, including doing the due diligence and reviewing all of the lease agreements to ensure.  The franchisee is a rapidly growing coffee company and this acquisition is key to their strategic growth plan.

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We are advising Optical Center on their entry into the UK.  Optical Center is one of France's largest optician's chains.  We are not only advising them on their entry into the UK market, but also on its UK store roll out.   This is key to Optical Center's plans to grow in the UK.


We are advising Smiggle on all their real estate needs.   This includes acting and advising them on lease acquisitions, renewals and management of its portfolio.  Smiggle is the ultimate destination for school, birthday and leisure essentials. 

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"Richard comes with my highest recommendations for the quick and detailed client service he provides.  Richard is excellent at balancing detailed knowledge and commercial acumen as a case requires throughout. "
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