Shoosmiths advises toy giant Hamleys on new Scotland store

Shoosmiths has advised world famous toy retailers Hamleys of London Limited on the leasing of a new retail premises at the Livingstone Designer Outlet Centre near Edinburgh.

Hamleys will occupy Unit 65 at the Livingstone Designer Outlet Centre in West Lothian. The new store signifies Hamleys continued investment into the Scottish market where it has seen stable growth.

The Shoosmiths team was led by Edinburgh based real estate partner Steve Dougherty and supported by solicitor Claire MacLean. They advised on the negotiating of both the lease and license for works with Hamleys taking entry to the property in September, with a view to the store being open for pre-Christmas trade.

Nicole Grannum, Head of Legal at The Hamleys Group, commented: ‘We are very pleased with the legal support Shoosmiths have provided us with on this deal. Ensuring we secure prime locations for our stores is crucial to our continued growth and success. Shoosmiths understands our market and the pressures we face and the legal advisors provide a professional, responsive and expert service we can rely on.’

Steve Dougherty, added: ‘We are extremely pleased to continue to provide legal assistance to long standing clients Hamleys. Advising on their new premises in West Lothian shows their commitment to investing in the Scottish market and we look forward to working on future projects with them here in Scotland.’

Shoosmiths’ national real estate team services a wide variety of clients across the UK on real estate, construction, planning, property litigation and environmental issues. Clients range from commercial and residential developers to investors, retail and leisure operators and public sector bodies including Bellway, St Modwen Properties PLC, Allied London, Marstons, Northwood and Galliford Try.