Retail Beware: A new proposal for shopping on Sunday

At the moment, shops and retail in England and Wales over 280 sq m can only open between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm, for a total of 6 continual hours on a Sunday in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Sunday Trading Act 1994 (although shops less than 280 sq m have no restrictions in relation to opening hours).

The Summer Budget, however, proposed a review of these rules and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Department for Communities & Local Government issued a joint consultation paper regarding devolution of Sunday trading rules to Mayors and/or Local Authorities with a consultation period up to mid September.

Retailers who might want to extend their opening hours will need to check whether there are any restrictions in respect of opening times in their planning permissions. Tenants will also need to check their leases for any contractual provisions which restrict opening times.

Landlords and tenants of retail premises in the process of negotiating leases should therefore consider whether any additional contractual provisions are necessary and shoppers and shop workers will have to wait and see what the future holds…

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Gaenor Thomas

Associate, Commercial Property

Gaenor has experience in all aspects of commercial property law. She worked in the city before moving to Southampton for 12 years prior to joining...

Associate, Commercial Property

Gaenor Thomas

Gaenor has experience in all aspects of commercial property law. She worked in the city before moving to Southampton for 12 years prior to joining Hart Brown. Gaenor deals with transactions in respect of a wide range of properties including office, retail, industrial and warehouse and storage facilities, acting for both landlords and tenants.

As well as this, Gaenor also deals with secured lending, acquisitions and disposals, options and pre-emptions and regularly supports the company commercial department dealing with the property aspects of business transactions.

Gaenor is based in both the Guildford and the Godalming office, splitting her time through the week.

Gaenor also speaks fluent French.

Here are Gaenor's answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements:

Personal interests:
Foreign travel

What are your favourite travel destinations?
Malaysia for the wildlife
Aeolian Islands for the geology
Italy for the food
France for the language and culture.

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