Hospitality & leisure

Our team of hospitality lawyers has a wealth of experience across the hospitality and leisure sector, helping hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants with the wide range of issues they face.

 

Our thorough knowledge of the industry and diverse experience means we are well placed to understand
the sensitivities of your business at each stage of its life cycle.

 

Clients range from boutique offerings to multinational organisations, and comprise lenders, investors, developers, owners and operators. Whether you are looking to fund, start up, expand or sell, we have lawyers on hand to help.

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Joanna Ford

Partner

+44 (0)1892 489 583

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Elliot Fry

Senior Associate

+44 (0)1892 489 584

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Ed Fowler

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 345

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Victoria Symons

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 290

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Rhona Darbyshire

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 085

Development and refurbishment
The construction of The Curtain, a multi-million pound central London five-star luxury hotel and members’ club. Our work involved acting for the developer and hotel operator in negotiating all demolition and construction related contracts and dealing with a wide range of development issues.

Acquisitions
Acting on the acquisition of the Grade 1 listed Gravetye Manor Country House Hotel which was bought out of administration within a few working days. We have been retained on an on-going basis to advise on substantial works involving the development of a new restaurant wing due to open in 2018.

Start ups
Acting for The Conduit Club (Conduit Street, London) on all corporate matters in relation to the opening this year of its first private members club, including on its raising of equity and debt finance. We also advise on its commercial arrangements with other stakeholders, IP related matters and provide employment support.

Operating agreements
Negotiating management agreements, licence and royalty agreements, technical services agreements and non disturbance agreements for an international chain of hotel operators and dealing with day to day asset management issues on an ongoing basis.

Finance
Advising hotel owner on facility agreement and security packages for construction and development finance on £80m project for new hotel in Paris.

Dispute resolution
Advising on contentious dissolution of chain of family owned hotels involving mediation and ultimately a blind bid to divide the hotels and related intellectual property between various family members in settlement of dispute.

Employment/HR
Advising on the temporary closure of a well known London hotel for refurbishment and the collective redundancy procedure. We guided their team through the process providing daily support.