The hotels, hospitality and leisure industry continues to grow at a remarkable rate. With such growth comes further competition and the need for businesses in this rapidly evolving sector to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are a business owner, investor, lender, operator or employee, you will require cutting-edge advice from a trusted adviser.
Aware that the sector faces a myriad of legal challenges ranging from complex corporate and regulatory matters through to acquisition/disposals, construction, employment, health & safety, licensing, litigation, real estate and tax issues, our Hotels, Hospitality and Leisure team has a deep understanding of the opportunities and pressures facing this people-driven marketplace.
Our lawyers each have proven experience in advising hundreds of hotels, restaurants, clubs/bars/pubs, cafes, betting and gaming companies, private members’ clubs, music venues, gyms and other sporting facilities. They can also work with other teams across those the firm, as well as with external planners and developers, to put in place a rounded strategy for any project, and have particular expertise in helping international brands set up their first presence in the UK.
Together, the team provides a cohesive and knowledgeable service, one that mirrors the business goals and ambitions of its clients.
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Gavin has a wide range of experience in resolving commercial, corporate and property disputes. He has acted for many highly regarded clients such as the trustees of a city bank pension fund, a large UK institution, a large UK developer, licensed insolvency practitioners, professional footballers, employees of a large city bank and high-net-worth private clients.
Deborah specialises in transactional construction, with a particular focus on collaborative working in both the contract negotiation phase and setting up provisions for collaboration between the client and the construction team during the project itself using both bespoke contracts and common industry standard forms such as JCT, NEC, ICE, and FIDIC contracts.
Stuart is a property lawyer who has acted for major clients in all commercial real estate areas. He has extensive experience in advising on acquisitions and disposals, investment management, funding, landlord and tenant, lease acquisitions and acting for corporate occupiers, as well as acting on large corporate deals involving multiple properties.
Edward is a corporate solicitor with over 30 years’ experience advising companies on how to effectively plan and execute a variety of corporate transactions. Throughout his career, Edward has worked on many high-value acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, mergers and takeovers, with many involving cross-border issues and significant commercial aspects.
Ian is a highly-skilled Brand Management and Intellectual Property lawyer with a keen focus on the legal aspects of marketing, advertising, sales promotions, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, lotteries and merchandising. During his career Ian has advised a number of household names including McDonalds, HMV, NCP, New Look, River Island, Luxottica and Swarovski.
Caroline is a commercial property lawyer with experience in dealing with a broad range of property matters and with a distinct specialism in advising the hospitality trade and charities. She has particular expertise in dealing with acquisitions and disposals of leisure-related property and businesses, and dealing with property transactions for national and regional charities.
Louise is a consultant in the property and construction team. She is a knowledgeable and respected specialist adviser with over 20 years’ experience of contentious construction and engineering disputes acquired in the road and rail sectors, in PFI, on tunnelling and dredging projects, and in the residential, retail, hotel, education, and health and leisure sectors
Graham is a property lawyer who delivers commercial advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals/entrepreneurs. He has a broad range of experience with particular focus on investment property, property development and landlord and tenant work.
Laurence is a skilled property litigator. He has expertise in all areas of property litigation including rights of way and other easements, both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, removal of squatters/trespassers, modification of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and residential possession claims.
Gareth is a skilled barrister who acts for an impressive portfolio of clients in the hospitality and entertainment sectors on both licensing and planning matters.
Stephen Levinson is a consultant in the Employment team. He acts for senior executives exiting their positions or looking to take up new employment and for employers with similar issues.
Peter is a commercial lawyer with experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Robert is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital fundraisings, joint ventures/ shareholder agreements and corporate restructurings.
Sarah is a commercial contracts and IP lawyer with a particular specialism in the Technology, Media and Data Protection sector.
Darren is an established Licensing Coordinator with almost a decade of licensing experience. He has also gained significant knowledge whilst working as a senior licensing officer at Westminster City Council, including how applications are processed at local authority level and how cases progress and are viewed by the local authority.
Tom is an experienced lawyer who specialises in the non-contentious aspects of construction, development and finance law.
David has specialised in employment law for nearly twenty years and has comprehensive experience in advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and industrial relations issues. He has particular expertise in organisational change including collective redundancies, changing terms and conditions of employment, and the application of the TUPE Regulations. David advises well-known brands in the engineering, energy, media, advertising, education and leisure sectors.
Lisa is a senior commercial property specialist with particular expertise in retail and leisure property. Lisa acts for a wide portfolio of clients including investors, blue chip property companies, household name tenants and smaller start-ups.
Jeremy is a highly experienced commercial lawyer recognised by the legal directories as a leading individual specialising in commercial agreements and related competition and regulatory matters. He advises on a range of commercial and trading issues, including agency, distribution, supply, sale purchase, joint venture and franchise agreements as well as all aspects of the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights, such as licensing and R&D agreements.
John is a consultant in the firm’s commercial property team with considerable experience in real estate and property law.
Robert is a highly experienced solicitor specialising in all forms of licensing and gambling issues for operators and landlords.
Deborah specialises in both commercial and residential property transactions. On the commercial side she regularly advises on the property aspect of corporate deals in particular when there is an investment or financing element.
Catherine is an experienced corporate lawyer who has a particular focus on advising entrepreneurs, management teams and investors of venture backed, early-stage-growth companies. She has a broad sector focus (including Technology, Life Sciences and Clean Tech) and has significant experience in venture funding, private equity, joint ventures, buying and selling private companies and corporate restructuring.
Richard is a specialist gambling, licensing and regulatory lawyer with key expertise in remote and land-based gambling. He works with a range of gambling clients from start-ups to multinational gambling operators
Andrew is an established top tier rated licensing lawyer and has developed a following of renowned restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, art galleries and museums.
Nadim is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in equity investments, disposals, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises high-growth companies on venture capital and private equity transactions, including seed and series A, B and C investment rounds, convertible loan note investments, and strategic acquisitions and exits (most recently for Accel Partners, Ventech, and founders of Hassle.com).