Retail & Consumer

Understanding the Consumer sector

Our deep understanding of the end-to-end customer supply chain and our ability to see issues in the sector before they happen, combined with deep in-house experience, helps us drive business growth and success for our clients.

We can also help businesses and brands to grow globally, whilst advising on local competitive and commercial challenges as well as regulatory frameworks.


Our Consumer team delivers industry knowledge and expertise

Our Consumer team’s expertise spreads across a range of sectors. We help our clients to protect their business and reputation in the face of increasing challenges, such as the ever-evolving digital transformation of the sector. This includes the decline of shopping centres, to hospitality booking systems and ESG and its impact on consumer spending and the supply chain.



Understanding the Retail sector

From sustainability, diversity and inclusion as well as other ESG issues, to the impact of the growth of online and technology – we understand the key issues affecting the retail sector and can provide expert strategic solutions to help you overcome barriers to growth and achieve commercial objectives.

From regulatory, to commercial, Mindcrest managed services to real estate and much more, our multi-disciplinary team can support retailers at every stage of their business growth and at every point of the customer value chain.

Our Retail team delivers industry knowledge and expertise

Our expert retail lawyers think like retailers and deliver the best service to meet your commercial needs. We want to reduce risks, create opportunities and build sustainable, innovative strategies for success across all of the key issues impacting your business. We can save you time and money through the use of innovative information management and we provide a global service, delivered locally.

We act for an unrivalled selection of clients in the sector, from large online retailers to grocery chains, fast fashion to home and hardware. Exemplary legal service and our knowledge of the issues impacting the sector, combined with our experience of working in-house at retail businesses, is the reason that so many household names trust us.


Food & Consumer Goods

Understanding the Food & Consumer Goods sector

From sugar reduction and the reformulation of food, to shrinkflation, international supply chain disruption, the adoption of new technology and sourcing workers to new regulations – the pace of change in the food and consumer goods industries has never been faster.

Everyone from food and drink manufacturers, to global cosmetics brands, global coffee and fast-food chains, electronics suppliers – and many other food and consumer product manufacturing businesses – trust DWF at every stage of their product or brand lifecycle to help them meet their commercial objectives.

Our Food & Consumer Goods team deliver industry knowledge and expertise

Our team is relied upon to utilise their in-depth sector experience to direct our clients clearly and in a way that’s relevant to their business. We anticipate, understand and challenge the food and consumer goods industry’s legal frameworks, focusing on what you need to know to achieve growth and meet your commercial needs.

Whether it be advice around manufacturing a compliant product or maximising your brand’s potential, creating a safe workplace or ensuring you get the best corporate deal – our diverse, multi-jurisdictional food and consumer goods team is here to help your business grow.


Hospitality & Leisure

Understanding the Hospitality & Leisure sector

Our global hospitality and leisure group can advise clients based on comprehensive industry know-how and sector experience to provide quality legal advice in a commercial context.

Our team can deliver expertise, guidance and legal counsel to business owners, investors, lenders and operators across the whole hospitality and leisure sector – all with a thorough understanding of the latest laws and regulations. This also includes hotels and resorts, restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, as well as sports and entertainment.

Our Hospitality & Leisure team deliver industry knowledge and expertise

We work with some of the world’s largest hospitality and leisure brands who trust us to understand and operate alongside them in this constantly evolving, complex and pressurised environment.

We support our clients in a sector faced with new challenges and opportunities, as well as ever-changing  regulations – and we advise on a full range of legal services including:

  • Hotel leasing and real estate
  • Development, refurbishment and construction
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Management and operations
  • Franchising
  • HR, employment and restructuring
  • Licensing
  • Data protection and cyber security
  • Finance, tax and investment
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory

Since the pandemic hit the rise of online booking platforms and the obesity crisis, as experts in the field, our hospitality and leisure specialists can help you navigate the changes and challenges that result from operating within this fast-paced sector.