Forward-facing retail & leisure specialists.

Burness Paull's retail and leisure lawyers work with retailers, operators, investors, developers, franchisees and funders.

If you are leasing premises, protecting intellectual property, restructuring your workforce or need to secure investment – then our team can help.

Our commitment to anticipate sector trends translates into a desire to understand the factors that combine to bring success to clients. This curiosity has brought an intuitive understanding of what the retail and leisure sector needs from its advisers.

We have worked alongside many key retail and leisure clients for decades adding momentum to our clients’ vision and bringing focus to delivering client projects.

Our retail & leisure team have business and technical acumen and are bold in sharing our views on where the market stands and current trends lead.  Our insight is shaped by daily involvement in some of the sector’s most significant transactional business.

As a consequence, we are opinionated and bold in sharing our views on where the market stands now and where current trends might lead.

What Burness Paull's retail & leisure lawyers can offer:

We believe that the firm's offering is unrivalled in terms of the depth of resource dedicated to the retail and leisure sector. We tailor our service to feel like that of a boutique practice and advise on:

  • Property
  • Technology
  • Employment
  • Corporate
  • Funding
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Construction
  • Litigation

The firm's retail and leisure clients include:


In the retail sector, the firm's experience extends to acting for household names including Dobbies, Jigsaw, Ladbrokes Coral, Home Bargains, Vodafone, Deichmann Footwear, Wren Kitchens and Poundstretcher.

Food & Drink Operators

We have a thriving food and drink practice acting for clients including KFC, Zizzi, Hard Rock Cafe, Chopstix, and Pizza Express.


We have experience in acting for franchisors and franchisees including international brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos and Papa John’s. We also act for a variety of British based businesses with existing franchising models or looking to set one up. We regularly provide real estate, corporate, commercial and funding advice to franchise businesses.


We have significant experience representing a number of Scotland’s leading retail (and leisure destination) landlords (in addition to our occupier practice), including Livingston Outlet Centre, Cumbernauld Shopping Centre, Westside Shopping Centre, Mercat Shopping Centre, Kingdom Shopping Centre, and Springkerse Retail Park.


Burness Paull's retail & leisure lawyers have extensive experience in taking retail/leisure development projects from inception to realisation. This includes a broad range of retail parks and roadside schemes. Recent projects include Great Western Retail Park, Glasgow and Aviemore Retail Park.

"The team provide well-rounded and, crucially, commercially sensible advice."
- Chambers & Partners

Please get in touch so we can support the future of your retail & leisure business: