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As an International law firm with market leading retail & consumer and equality practices, we are proud of our partnership with the British Retail Consortium to support retailers in taking decisive action on reducing inequality in their workforce. This is something that we, as a firm, and as individuals, feel extremely passionate about. As the BRC's exclusive resident expert in employment law, we are supporting the 70+ signatories from the D&I Charter, focusing on recruitment, progression and inclusivity.

This partnership represents a natural evolution of our commitment to the retail and consumer industry, which has long been a core sector focus. We have over 70 lawyers from every practice at RPC regularly advising retail clients and consumer brands, many of whom are leading household names.

The sector currently faces many challenges but these challenges represent opportunities, too. We help our clients – whatever their stage in the lifecycle and whatever their interest in retail – to share their problems, maximise their opportunities, and adapt to a dynamic future.

At every stage we focus on adding value. Value that comes from understanding a business from the inside out – that's why we send many of our lawyers on secondment to retailers; and that's why our people have invested over 1,250 hours in our award-winning retail training programme. The result? Strong, long-term relationships and tailored commercial advice.

The Spring 2022 Edition of Retail Compass is available to view and download, our guide to the key legal and policy changes affecting retail and consumer brands and our thoughts on those crucial, need-to-know issues. We cover the digitisation of supply chains, the online sales tax consultation, the arbitration scheme for commercial rent arrears, the NMW hourly rate rise, NFTs, the resurgence of IP copyright claims and much more.

Alongside our market statistics, horizon scanning pieces and other developments, we also have a guest contribution from techUK, on the retail revolution.