Four years ago, Sports Direct found itself into hot water again after it failed to disclose its dealings with a distributor owned by Ashley’s older brother. Last year, it scrambled to find an auditor after Grant Thornton, its adviser, resigned. The Big Four all declined to work with Frasers.
He has now managed to burn bridges with landlords, too, after pausing rent payments or asking for significant cuts.
Property owners complain that Ashley is taking advantage of emergency laws rushed through parliament, which prevent landlords from kicking retailers out.
“What the Government inadvertently did when it protected smaller tenants from
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