Retail & Leisure

Retail Line – Spring 2017

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of Retail Line.

After months of uncertainty waiting for Article 50 to be triggered, negotiations to leave the EU are now under way, but it will be some time before any operational agreements are in place. “Home-grown” legislative changes taking effect this month will, however, have an impact on retail and leisure businesses, particularly those dependent on workers paid the National Living Wage or facing business rates increases.

In this edition of Retail Line, we examine the liability of businesses for the actions of their intelligent machines. Only a few years ago, predictions that robots would play an essential role in the supply chain seemed like science fiction, but they are now used so widely that we start this edition by looking at their potential liability for personal injury.

Our property experts look at the forthcoming implementation of the MEES Regulations and first considerations before developing vacant retail space. We report on a case where it was held that criminal liability is not limited to the sale of “counterfeit” goods and an Employment Tribunal case that clarifies the status of workers in the gig economy.

Retail Line – Spring 2017


  • Robots in retail: the liability implications of turning science fiction into science fact
  • The gig economy
  • Are property owners ready for MEES?
  • The sale of “grey goods” is a criminal offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994
  • Building over the shop: entering into an agreement
  • Dispute resolution: why “Justice Matters”