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In such a heavily regulated sector you need legal advisors that truly understand both the strategic and day-to-day challenges you face.

Strong relationships are important to us, and recognising the importance of people is only one of the ways we understand the hospitality & leisure industry. It’s also one of the reasons that many of the leading brands in the sector trust us with their legal problems.

We’re proud of the fact that so many clients across the food, drink, gambling and entertainment world rely on us to protect their reputation and their assets. It’s important to us that you feel we’re part of your in-house team, working to a common purpose. We’ve made it our business to listen hard and to understand your commercial objectives. We want to always ask the right questions and present the right solutions. Solutions that help our clients to make the right decisions and achieve the best outcomes.
 
Drawing from across the firm’s legal services our experts provide a dedicated service to the hospitality sector. This means clear, relevant advice on everything from Mergers & Acquisitions, finance and restructuring through to day-to-day challenges such as employment law, regulatory matters, alcohol and gambling licensing, health & safety and all property related issues. Our clients reach across the sector, including hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, breweries, cinemas, theatres, betting shops, bingo clubs, night clubs, casinos, arcades, bowling centres and a variety of visitor attractions. In addition we represent the interests of local authorities and trade associations.

But we don’t just respond to the law. We play an active part in representing the industry when it’s set. As legal partner to the British Hospitality Association (BHA), we actively engage and were asked to participate in the consultation process on new and forthcoming legislation, as well as developing guidance on new legislation. What matters most to us is that you get to benefit from our knowledge and insight so that you can plan effectively for industry-wide changes and developments. 

“They have excellent knowledge of specialist legislation that affects our business and combine this with a great ability to solve problems.”

“Demonstrates particular strength in acting for clients from the alcohol, gambling and digital media industries.”

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“I would like to extend my great appreciation to you for your help in this matter. It is a delight being able to work with a true professional.”

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What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • ​Food and Drink: Labelling and packaging, food hygiene and safety, policy and strategic advice and supply chain issues
  • Consumer Law: Provision of non-contentious, regulatory and strategic advice
  • Licensing: Provide alcohol and gambling licensing advice and advocacy of all types of premises, as well as specialist commercial conveyancing assistance for licensed property acquisitions and disposals
  • Marketing and Advertising: Advise on the advertising process from conception to publication
  • Health and Safety: ​Advise on a full range of strategic issues so as to limit potential corporate and personal liability
  • Property: ​Advise on transactions from the acquisition and disposal of leisure assets, to lettings and portfolio management
  • Property Dispute Resolution: ​Offer advice on all contentious issues relating to the acquisition, ownership, management and disposal of commercial property
  • Employment: Multi-specialist team offering a one-stop service for all employment matters
  • Corporate: Advising operators and investors on a significant number of cross sector transactions/re-organisations and corporate loan facilities.

Examples of work

  • We advised a remote gambling operator on the requirement for a UK Gambling Commission Operators Licence, following the implementation of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act. This involved advising on the steps that they were required to take to ensure compliance with the act, in the absence of obtaining a licence, following a threat from the UK Gambling Commission of enforcement action. The steps advised were adhered to and the threat of enforcement action receded
  • We advised a National Gambling Operator on a large number of industry acquisitions, disposals and investments including amusement arcades, bingo clubs, resorts and restaurants, as well as advising on sale of multi-site chain of gaming premises
  • We advised National Food Operators on the product labelling requirements under EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation; defending proceedings relating to an alleged breach of regulations in relation to packaging and a major supermarket chain on the strategy and tactics in response
  • Advising a National Drinks retailer on brand name, logo, branding and imagery as well as advertising copy including comparative advertising for a nationwide TV campaign for the launch of a new alcoholic drink
  • We advised the operator of a bar within the city of Westminster Stress Area on an application to vary the licence for hours that fell out with the permitted core hours. This involved lodging an application, following discussions with the police, and subsequently representing the client at the Licensing Sub Committee meeting, when application for variation was granted
  • Advising a National Chain of Bookmakers in relation to property management of their estate. This includes opposed and non-opposed lease renewals, dilapidations and nuisance/breach of quiet enjoyment.
     

Our clients include: Accolade Wines, Accor, Ambassador Theatre Group, Apollo Resorts and Leisure, Astra Gaming, Carnival, Carlsberg, Centrica, Colgate-Palmolive, Coral Racing, Davy’s, Enterprise Inns, Fly Be, Gala Bingo, Global Gaming Ventures, Grainger, GLH/Thistle, Health and Safety Executive, Hilton Worldwide, Host Hotels, IBM, Imperial Tobacco, Kingfisher/B&Q, Marston’s, MITIE, Moto Hospitality, Network Rail, Noble Organisation, Parkdean Holidays, Piper Private Equity, Post Office, Proctor & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, The Original Bowling Company, TSB, Welcome Break, Whitbread, Wolverhampton City Council.