Australian 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.

ENDS…for more details: ARA Media Team (m) 02 7226 1044 (e) About us: founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association is Australia’s largest retail association, representing a $340bn sector employing more than 1.2m people. As Australia’s premier retail body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members. To learn more, visit or call 1300 368 041.


Hitch Advisory specialise in all aspects of Business Law for the retail industry – working with national and international clients as well as small business. With particular expertise in the categories of Franchising, FMCG, Hospitality, Apparel, Health and Fitness and Cosmetics – our team understands the ins and outs of operating retail businesses, both bricks-and-mortar and online/omni-channel.

Hitch Advisory is a leading retail specialist, currently working with Australian fashion and retail brands including Cotton On Group, Laser Clinics Australia, Munro Footwear Group, and Newslink.

Hitch Advisory are well regarded in the areas of M&A, Leasing, Consumer Law, Employment, Franchising and general Commercial Law. Hitch Advisory has been trading for 5 years and was recently a ‘New Law’ Firm of the Year finalist in the Australian Lawyers Weekly Awards in 2020 - recognising our rapid growth and ongoing commitment to disrupting the legal industry and delivering legal services, differently.

The Hitch Advisory Retail Law practice is led by Olivia Hitchens. Olivia was formally in-house counsel for David Jones and has a prior background in Franchising and Hospitality law in both Melbourne and Sydney. Our firm’s genuine love for the art of retail, our understanding of the current challenges facing the industry and our connections and expertise mean that we offer a retail-specific legal service unlike any other. Most importantly, Hitch Advisory prides itself on delivery uncomplicated, relevant, expert advice in a cost-effective and approachable manner.

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