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  • Brands pull stock from House of Fraser

    Steve Sidkin's comment 13 August 2018 10:12 pm

    It would appear that a trial of strength is developing between the new owner of House of Fraser and brands which may consider that they do not need to be in HoF's stores going forwards.
    Addressing brands concerns over non-payment for supplies delivered or net receipts (in the case of concessionaires) following last week's pre-pack might go someway to providing confidence to continue to do business with HoF..
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Robinsons of Bawtry owner to launch 0% finance app for indies

    Steve Sidkin's comment 9 August 2018 10:06 pm

    Good to see technology being used to help retail. However, as a matter of financial services law participating retailers are likely to become “credit brokers” and have to be authorised. This is as a result of a myriad of rules concerning the promotion and sale of credit products which are designed to protect consumers - the very persons intended to be helped by the app!
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • MPs accuse Sainsbury’s/Asda merger of ‘financial fix’

    Steve Sidkin's comment 2 July 2018 10:17 pm

    Whilst the Competition and Markets Authority gives thought to the proposed merger of Salisbury's and Asda, today's news of Tesco and Carrefour planning to combine their respective buying powers can be expected in due course to further squeeze suppliers.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • New EU tariffs to hit US fashion imports

    Steve Sidkin's comment 22 June 2018 10:48 pm

    On the face of it a problem for retailers stocking US lines. and an opportunity for UK brands to take advantage.
    But of greater immediacy is yesterday's judgment by the US Supreme Court that individual US states can charge sales tax on online consumers even if retailer has no physical state presence. This will impact not simply ASOS and Boohoo but also those UK brands that look to sell online into the US rather than have a physical presence there.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Sézane opens first London store

    Steve Sidkin's comment 4 June 2018 10:00 pm

    Good to see Sézane progress from pop up to permanent opening.

    Sézane uses the brand name in France and the UK and enjoys trade mark protection in the UK by way of an International mark that designates the EU. If a deal is reached on Brexit then it is likely that Sézane’s EU mark will be converted on the UK register as an UK national registration. However, if no deal is made then this is unlikely to be the case.

    Sézane and other overseas brands also relying on an international mark that designates the EU should be considering on whether to apply to register in the UK now.

    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Calvetron Brands goes into administration

    Steve Sidkin's comment 4 May 2018 10:41 pm

    When a company goes into administration, the administrators have to consider the viability of the business. Understandably they will also want to recover monies due to the company in administration.

    But Jacques Vert faces a special situation. Given House of Fraser’s upcoming cva, it could well be that Calverton Brands’ administrators may struggle to obtain the monies generated by Jacques Vert’s concessions in House of Fraser.

  • Indies struggle with payments after tough first quarter

    Steve Sidkin's comment 25 April 2018 10:24 pm

    The payment problems facing indies are understandable. But care is needed. If they continue to trade whilst unable to pay debts as they fall due, directors of indies are exposed to being personally liable.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chiar
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Pure Collection pays out $900,000 in US settlement

    Steve Sidkin's comment 13 February 2018 11:33 pm

    This case shows the power of whistleblowing. But Pure Collection is not the first fashion brand to be accused of such activity.
    Failure to abide by foreign laws can cause problems!
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Pure Collection pays out $900,000 in US settlement

    Steve Sidkin's comment 13 February 2018 11:30 pm

    This shows the power of whistleblowing. But Pure Collection is not the first fashion brand to be accused of such activity.
    Failure to abide by foreign laws can cause problems!
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • House of Fraser boss calls for Brexit clarity

    Steve Sidkin's comment 30 January 2018 11:28 pm

    Irrespective of being in the same boat, there are steps which fashion businesses selling to or buying from overseas (and, in particular, outside the EU) should be doing to prepare for Brexit.
    Putting to one side today's leak from DExEU, what has been studiously ignored is that the UK government may want certain things for Brexit and a transition deal, but without agreement by the EU27 a hard Brexit will result.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

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