The hotel and leisure industry has suffered more than most in recent years, with our clients facing challenges such as constant pressure of costs and lack of brand loyalty. We believe that legal advisers that truly understand the sector are invaluable.  

Our expertise in this sector is acknowledged by clients and legal directories alike. Our specialist hotels and leisure lawyers are drawn from our corporate, commercial, tax, employment and real estate groups, creating a genuine one stop shop for clients in this sector. Our market-leading franchising team advises many household names in the sector, developing and rolling out their franchise models throughout the Middle East, India and South East Asia. Our finance team also regularly advises banks and other institutions, financing hotel and leisure developments from the Caribbean to Dubai.

Our clients range from large multinationals through to entrepreneurs. We act for brand owners, leisure operators, financiers and investors and hotel and leisure developers.

With our network of offices, alliances and foreign-qualified lawyers, our reach is truly international but is built on the strength of our local teams. Our one-stop shop approach provides you with all the legal advice you need, wherever you need it. 


 Notable deals / highlights

  • Advised Manhattan Loft Corporation on the development of the mixed-use development of the Grade I listed, former Midland Hotel at St Pancras station, which has been refurbished to comprise 67 luxury apartments and a 244 bed five-star hotel. This development forms the centrepiece of the Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras.

  • Advised Gala Coral Group in relation to the real estate aspects of the disposal of their casino division for £180m. 

  • Advised Dominvs Group on the purchase of a central London property for conversion to a 150 bed hotel and have also advised them on a number of hotel and restaurant franchise deals.

  • Advised a well known international hotel company on the acquisition of a five star London hotel for £65m.

  • Advised the Wellworth Group of Companies on negotiations with Starwood to enter into a franchise agreement and related key money and design agreements to rebrand its hotels in Tanzania.

  • Acted for Interstate Hotels and Resorts on their acquisition of Chardon Management Limited, the holder of a diverse portfolio of hotel management contracts across the UK.

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