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B&B advises Costa on landmark M&S deal

Birds and Bird said the deal marks months of ‘intense and complex legal negotiations’ on various agreements

Bird and Bird has advised long-standing client Costa Coffee on a transaction with Marks and Spencer (M&S) to allow Costa to serve M&S food throughout the UK.

By serving M&S food, Costa aims to drive more footfall into its stores by improving Costa’s current food range and M&S will gain an entirely new network to increase its food sales.

The Bird and Bird team was led by commercial partner, Robert Turner, with support from associate Nikesh Mistry (Commercial), Ariane Le Strat (Competition and EU) and James Pearson (IP), partners Victoria Hobbs (Dispute Resolution) and James Mullock (Data Protection), and legal director Saskia King.

According to the firm, the deal marks months of “intense and complex legal negotiations” on various agreements.

Sunita Savjani, general counsel at Costa Coffee, said: “This is a monumental deal for Costa. Thank you to each member of the Bird and Bird team involved for all your hard work. It’s a pleasure to work with such a committed, energetic and positive team.”

Robert Turner, lead partner at Bird and Bird, added: “It was a pleasure to be involved in such a positive collaboration between two of Britain’s best known consumer brands – Costa and M&S. I look forward to working with them again in future.”

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