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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.

With businesses and retailers experiencing increasing regulation and scrutiny across a variety of areas, our Spring 2023 edition of Retail Compass takes a closer look at what’s in store including the much publicised and wide-ranging retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, and the likely impact of those regulations on Retail and Consumer Brands.

We also cover an array of topics about other matters affecting the sector including developments concerning Product Liability and Artificial Intelligence, EU sustainability reporting standards, the impact of revised data transfer provisions, Extended Producer Responsibility legislation, incoming corporate sustainability due diligence requirements, the ban on single-use plastics and more…

We are delighted to have guest contributions from Helen Dickinson, CEO of the British Retail Consortium reflecting on the ambitious objectives of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill and from Emily Doe, Brand Warrior for Beyond Bamboo, discussing ESG strategy and the impact that sharing stories from your supply chain can have.

We also include key statistics and links to our legislation tracker which list all of the UK Government consultations and inquiries relevant to Retail and Consumer Brands. 

We hope you find this publication useful, and as always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or queries.

RPC are delighted to be working with BRC as a Strategic Partner under the Technology & Infrastructure pillar on the Digital Transformation Change Programme, leading on content covering privacy & data protection, setting digital transformation goals and digital maturity & innovation.