Keep Sunday Special

Various organisations behind the Keep Sunday Special campaign, including the Association of Convenience Stores, Relationship Foundation, USDAW, National Federation of Sub Postmasters and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents have turned to law firm Edwin Coe LLP, to advise on the recent publication of the Government’s response to the consultation last year on removing restrictions on Sunday trading for large stores. The firm is advising on a possible challenge to the consultation and the amendments to the Enterprise Bill now passing through Parliament.

David Greene, Senior Partner of Edwin Coe, said:

“We have for many years supported the convenience store sector so it was natural for it to turn to us to question the consultation process on Sunday trading. The Government proposed changes last year but stalled legislation due to the opposition to change. Now it is having another go at removing restrictions. One of the complaints of campaigners against removing restrictions is that the principal question of whether restrictions should be lifted at all is being avoided under the cover of a consultation and response that centres on devolving decisions to local authorities.

The real issue is effectively being hived off. This device has caused confusion amongst the respondents to the consultation many of whom addressed the fundamental issue but did not address the principle of devolution. Further the Government has presented no evidence of the effect of devolution.

We have this week written to the Department in a letter before action seeking information ahead of a decision as to judicial review.”

For further information on this news release, please contact:-

David Greene
Senior Partner
t: 020 7691 4000
e: david.greene@edwincoe.com

Tanya Byrne
Head of Business Development & Marketing
t: 020 7691 4173
e: tanya.byrne@edwincoe.com

About Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is best known for its work in representing large groups of the public in claims relating to consumer issues, banking, shares. It was the first firm in the UK to specialise in non-conflict class actions and as a result has been involved in many of the major mass claims over 30 years including the Lockerbie Inquiries and litigation.

It is currently litigating for hundreds of investors in film investments against HSBC, for timeshare investors against Barclays Bank in relation to fraud and for investors in other schemes and for hundreds of truck owners in relation to a price-fixing cartel by manufacturers. It has represented 50,000 shareholders in a claim against the Government; 32,000 convenience store owners in competition issues; and 36,000 private shareholders in Northern Rock. It has recently settled a claim for hundreds of South American flower farmers in a claim against British Airways for price-fixing.

The firm also acts in mass torts and is representing claimant victims of the Hillsborough disaster and child abuse victims.

In addition, the firm undertakes public law issues and represented the first claimant in the Article 50 litigation, MPs in the proroguing litigation, the claimant in relation to a challenge under the Good Friday Agreement and, very recently, protesters to HS2 construction.

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