Retail & Leisure

Our Retail & Leisure Group acts for a large number of the leading international retailers and leisure brands with operations in Ireland and for specialist Irish providers. The Group is comprised of experts from a number of our practice areas such as Corporate and M&A, Intellectual Property, Employment & Benefits, Licensing, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Property and Tax. Our lawyers offer an in-depth understanding of the specific requirements of retail operators.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Advertising & marketing arrangements
  • Competition & Regulation
  • Copyright Protection
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Establishing branches in Ireland
  • Employment law issues
  • Franchising
  • Landlord & Tenant matters
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Management of Trade Mark Portfolios
  • Merchandising /Franchising /Agency /Distribution Agreements
  • Passing Off Actions & Trade Mark Disputes
  • Pension Scheme structuring
  • Property Acquisition

The knowledge and experience, and the relationships we have built up over years of commitment to retail enable us to offer highly strategic and commercial advice to clients doing business in Ireland or looking to take their brand or product into international markets.

Our experience includes acting for/advising:

HMV on its acquisition of five Zavvi music stores in Ireland from the provisional liquidator who agreed to operate these shops pending mergers approval.

Tesco on the roll out of its Tesco Express stores in Ireland, 7 of which were opend in the last 12 months.

Dunnes Stores in the successful Supreme Court appeal of Berber v Dunnes Stores.  The Supreme Court overturned the judgment of the High Court granting damages for wrongful dismissal and in respect of personal injury.  

Gap on the opening of its first stand alone flagship stores in Dundrum Town Centre and Opera Avenue, Cork

IKEA International on the procurement of its new 30,000 sq metre store in Ballymun, Dublin IKEA’s first store in the Republic of Ireland.

Jacob Fruitfield Foods Limited in search and seizure orders in respect of alleged infringement of trade-marked groceries.

Debenhams on the acquisition of the Roches Stores department store.

Keelings, one of Europe’s largest fruit and vegetable distributors, on the proceedings relating to the Plant Breeders’ Regulations.

Omniplex Cinemas Limited in proceedings with the Irish Musical Rights Organisation (IMRO) concerning royalty payments by cinema operators.

Red Bull on the protection of its brand identity against new competitors in the market.

Boots in High Court proceedings against the Minister for Health and Children and others arising from amendments to the Advanced Payment Scheme.

Breaking down the General Scheme of Data Protection Bill 2017 Part 3: Circuit Court to be used to Confirm Fines

Fines issued by Ireland's Data Protection Authority would be confirmed by the Circuit Court according to proposed rules in the General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017

Breaking down the General Scheme of Data Protection Bill 2017 Part 2: Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to be restructured as enhanced Data Protection Commission

Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is to be reorganised and given greater resources under new rules brought in ahead of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

Advertising on the Edge - Success for Dunnes in Price Comparison Appeal

Shelf-edge labels may compare competitors' products on price alone, according to the Court of Appeal

Non-Use Sinks 'Titanic Quarter' and 'Giordano' Trade Marks

Irish intellectual property office revokes trade mark registrations due to non-use in Ireland. An online presence found not to target Irish customers specifically is not sufficient to maintain a registration

Turf Club Announces New 'Non-trier' Rules

New 'non-trier' rules create new offences and increase fines

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"This team is dedicated and solution driven, really going the extra mile to get the what the client wants. The lawyers are also approachable and humble. I think the firm is a fantastic service provider."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Real Estate


William Fry’s ‘proactive and practical’ team advised the Bank of Ireland on selling The Capital Collection property portfolio. ‘Stand-out lawyer’ Andrew Muckian heads the team, which includes, the 'technically strong' Karen Sheil and the ‘vastly experienced’ Patricia Kenny.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Real Estate


"The team has the legal knowledge, but doesn't focus on being academic; rather they look at what the client requires and advise accordingly." "The lawyers are very commercial, they will explain legal matters and the implications they have in our situation; we have confidence in the advice they give us."
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Real Estate

“The firm is a go-to for big questions. The team has great expertise, and reflects on what the problem really is: they don't just think like lawyers.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Real Estate 


'Peers acknowledge this practice to be among the market heavyweights.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Real Estate


William Fry’s team is at ‘a different level to other firms’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Real Estate



Andrew Muckian
Andrew remains "very highly rated".
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Real Estate


Andrew Muckian is a 'stand out lawyer'.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Real Estate


Department head Andrew Muckian recently assisted Kennedy Wilson with the acquisition of 420 residential units for development. He is well respected by peers, particularly in the area of retail leases.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Real Estate

Andrew Muckian is described as "unflappable and practical, and will highlight risks without labouring the point."
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Real Estate

Lead partner Andrew Muckian is admired across the market.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Real Estate

Sources credit Andrew Muckian as 'the driving force behind the practice'.
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Real Estate


Practice head Andrew Muckian is widely praised for his ‘overall knowledge and attention to detail’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Real Estate


Edward Spain
Edward is "highly regarded and meticulous".
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Real Estate 


Edward Spain is a 'deal-closer’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Real Estate


Edward Spain represented Friends First in the EUR20 million sale of St Martin's House. Peers recognise him as a "fine practitioner" and particularly note his involvement with NAMA-related transactions.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Real Estate

Edward Spain is considered “excellent. You can shoot a query at him and he will get back quickly.” 
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Real Estate


Edward Spain is ‘very good at plotting a road map’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Real Estate

Edward Spain is considered to be 'able and practical with a fantastic legal brain. His clients have justifiable confidence in him.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Real Estate


David Cullen
"An absolute expert and key leader," David Cullen "understands not only where our business is, but what our plans are, how we want to grow and what the consequences are," enthuse clients.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Intellectual Property

David Cullen is a firm favourite with clients and is described as “calm and considered, with a wealth of knowledge about the area.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Intellectual Property


David Cullen is ‘one of the best in the business’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013


As well as winning plaudits for his technical ability,  David Cullen is lauded as a 'superb negotiator. He can see around corners and anticipate the issues that will arise.'
Chambers Europe, 2012


David Cullen is ‘one of the best in the business’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012


Ken Casey
Ken Casey is respected in the market thanks to his "experience doing the really complex deals." He advised Betdaq Ireland on its acquisition by Ladbrokes. 
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Corporate/M&A


Ken Casey concentrates on corporate finance and has particular experience in TMT transactions. He advised Transics International on its EUR6 million acquisition of CarrierWeb.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Corporate/M&A

Key Contacts

Andrew Muckian Partner

Edward Spain Partner

David Cullen Partner