Hospitality, Restaurants and Leisure

We have a team of experienced lawyers who regularly assist our clients in this sector on real estate, construction, disputes, corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters.

We have particular expertise in rolling out high street brands through acquiring and developing brands and sites for new restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars and clubs across the UK. During various phases of their development we have helped Ping Pong, Leon, Rocket, Pizza Pilgrims, Ego, Bella Italia, Pizza Union, Café Rouge and others.

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Our long standing hotel clients include both boutique operators and global brands. We advise on acquisitions, disputes and development of hotels as well as day-to-day operational issues.

Our work in the travel sector includes guidance on the latest regulatory and compliance requirements, including GDPR, health and safety, pricing, data security, licensing and consumer issues; and the use of personal data and social media. We advise on commercial disputes between companies in the travel industry encompassing a range of issues including sales and promotional activities, breach of service and software agreements and brand protection issues. We act for industry bodies, large travel brands, software providers and digital travel platforms. Many of the matters we have acted on have important regulatory angle and international context. We also act for the trade in defending consumer claims and class actions and have been a long term ABTA Travel Industry Partner.

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Advising Playfootball, a leading provider of football venues for competitive leagues, on the roll-out of sports centres and 5-a-side football centres across England on a range of advice on their site expansion including defending a high profile planning challenge at …

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We have acted on the role out of new units for a number of well known restaurant brands including Leon, Ping Pong, Pizza Pilgrims, Ego Restaurants, Pizza Union, DraftHouse and London Union. We negotiate the leases for the operators as …

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Our Experience

    • Advised citizenM Hotels on several hotel developments in central London including the property and construction aspects of a refinancing of their landmark property in Tower Hill, London.
    • Acting for The Draft House on the acquisition of leases of pubs as part of their expansion in central London.
    • Acted for Leon Restaurants Limited on the acquisition of over twenty five leases over a 36 month period for new restaurants in central London and across the UK.
    • Advising Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale/leaseback, construction and remortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London, which was refinanced and achieved practical completion in 2017 and is now open and trading as an operational hotel.
    • Acting for Ping Pong on the acquisition of new leasehold restaurants as part of their commitment to a strategic roll out in London.
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