A key ruling could prove to be a pyrrhic victory for some retailers, as Emily Mitcheson explains 

Credit card payments, both in store and online, impact heavily on a retailer's profit margins. 

On 17 June this year, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in a series of long-running cases brought by several retailers against Visa and Mastercard. These cases arose from the operation of their payment card schemes (Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Visa Europe Services LLC and others & Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and others v Mastercard Incorporated and others [2020] UKSC 24). 

The ruling may now prompt an upsurge of claims by retailers looking to recover significant overcharged sums from card companies.

Emily Mitcheson appears in the Solicitors Journal discussing card payments in retail. 

Contesting card payment fees is available to read on the Solicitors Journal website via subscription. 

Emily is a senior associate in the commercial litigation team. Emily advises on a broad range of disputes involving individuals, charities and businesses across a large number of business sectors, including digital marketing, retail, property development, sport, IT and other legal professionals.