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Australian Retailers Association partners with legal firm Hitch Advisory

first_imgAustralian Retailers Association partners with legal firm Hitch Advisory Australia’s largest retail industry group, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and specialist legal firm Hitch Advisory have entered a strategic partnership to support Australia’s $340 billion retail sector.As exclusive legal partner for the ARA, Hitch will focus on industry wide initiatives such as advice on government legislation, tenancy services and SMB member education along with a range of other member benefits. Addressing the legal services gap for many SMB retailers, to kick off the partnership, Hitch is offering ARA members a free 30 minute legal consultation.ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the partnership will strengthen the ARA’s membership offering and ensure the ARA has access to best in class legal advice, in areas including mergers & acquisitions, leasing, consumer law, and general commercial law.“The pandemic period has accelerated a decade’s worth of change and innovation for our sector. As our sector transforms, the ARA is working with a select community of partners to help our members capitalise on this growth. Hitch Advisory is undoubtedly one of the best firms in the retail space with expertise across most of the major industry issues that will feature throughout this period of retail rebirth. We are thrilled to welcome them to the ARA community.”Hitch Advisory Co-Founder and Principal Olivia Hitchens said, “The entire Hitch Advisory team are thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Retailers Association. The ARA is Australia’s leading retail group and we are looking forward to bringing our Retail Law expertise to the ARA and its members. Navigating retailers through these unprecedented times and being an advocate for the industry is something we are very passionate about.”“Whilst Hitch Advisory already advises a large number of ARA members, this partnership will allow us the opportunity to work with additional retailers and to support the ARA in delivering its initiatives and to increase the existing value delivered to members. We look forward to collaborating with the ARA to drive change in the industry – particularly in areas such as leasing and long-term Covid-19 recovery initiatives,” Ms Hitchens continued.“As part of our partnership, Hitch Advisory will offer ARA members a free initial consultation as well as additional materials, education and support – something that is much-needed in the current uncertain climate.”Hitch Advisory is the latest addition to the ARA’s growing community of strategic partners, which includes Fabric/TBWA, Afterpay, American Express, and Deloitte. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Afterpay, america, american, Ara, Australia, Australian, Australian Retailers Association, community, consumer law, covid-19, education, Government, industry, innovation, legislation, retail sectorlast_img read more