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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. RPC are also delighted to be working with BRC as a Strategic Partner under the Technology & Infrastructure pillar on the Digital Transformation Change Programme, utilising our expert and experienced team to lead critical discussion on AI, privacy & data protection, digital transformation and innovation. 

These partnerships represent 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 looking to attract and retain customers in an increasingly competitive market, the Spring edition of Retail Compass looks at how the priorities of the younger generations (in particular Gen Z) are shaping retail and consumer offerings; as well as the challenges and opportunities those demands bring to retail and consumer brands across all channels. 

Key highlights include:

  1. The rise of recommence
  2. Environmental sustainability: a snapshot of a changing regulatory landscape
  3. DMCC Bill: improving consumer price transparency and product information
  4. Levelling up of D&I in the workplace: four key employment law changes
  5. Virtual advertising: a glimpse into the future


This edition also features a foreword from Dominic Collins, CEO and Co-Founder of Database who reflects on the risk and opportunities for retailers in an increasingly digitally interactive environment and explores the world of Augmented Reality content. Key statistics and links to our legislation tracker listing all of the UK Government consultations and inquiries relevant to retail and consumer brands are also included.