Hotels and leisure

A significant player in the hotels and leisure sector, we are regularly involved in numerous high profile transactions in the UK and elsewhere.  We act for three of the UK's largest 10 hotel operators, for expanding restaurant chains and a number of leading banks in this sector.
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Our personal approach has earned us a host of valued clients including:

  • hotel managers
  • Investors
  • owners and operators of health clubs
  • nightclubs
  • restaurants
  • casinos
  • online betting and travel companies

We therefore have wide ranging experience in the leisure industry. In addition, we act for a number of leading banks providing finance to the sector.

As your legal partner, we provide a specialist team that has the in-depth knowledge of your market and issues you face. This means that right from the beginning, you will enjoy a close partnership allowing you to relax and be confident that we will always act with your commercial interests in mind. Whatever your niche in the hotels and leisure sector, we will work alongside you to achieve your objectives.

Our team offers extensive experience and a broad range of specialist skills combined with a practical, commercial approach.

We can help you with

  • property development including planning and environmental advice
  • property leasing and management
  • joint ventures
  • management contracts
  • franchise agreements
  • licensing and regulatory issues
  • investments
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • structured and debt finance
  • commercial agreements
  • tax and technology issues
  • management buy-outs
  • sale and lease / manage back

"Clients feel they are keen to nurture long-standing working relationships."
Chambers UK 2012

InterContinental Hotels, £300 million sale and manage back

Advised on the refurbishment, real estate and construction aspects of the sale and manage back of the InterContinental London Park Lane – the largest single hotel disposal of 2013 - and previously on the sale of the Mayfair InterContinental and the Crowne Plaza Birmingham.

ING Real Estate, £325 million financing, London

We advised ING on development finance (with Berlin-Hannoversche Hypothekenbank) and then refinancing (with Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg) of the iconic riverside building Sea Containers House which incorporates the new luxury Mondrian Hotel.

Accor Hotels Group

For this longstanding client we have advised on the development of Novotel Hotels at Paddington Central, in a central Liverpool regeneration scheme, and the Great West Quarter, Brentford.


We acted on easyHotel's AIM listing on the London stock exchange and advise on hotel management and franchise agreements as well as new site acquisitions to build their super-budget network.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts

We advised on the £235m acquisition of the Heritage Hotels chain from Compass Group and subsequent refurbishments and disposals.

De Vere Hotels

We advised on the sale of the iconic Grand Hotel in Brighton.

ETM Group, London

We have acted for ETM on the acquisition of many prestigious public houses/restaurants including The Botanist, Sloane Square; The Cadogan Arms, Kings Road, The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms and Jugged Hare, the Ealing Park Tavern and One Canada Square.


Acting for Vinoteca on the expansion of their wine bar/restaurant group including the new flagship site at King's Cross and previous outlets including Chiswick as well as a group refinancing.

Accor Hotels Group

We advised on the acquisition of the Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose Hotel next to other Accor group hotels in Central London.

4C Hotels Group, developments

We acted for 4C Group companies on construction aspects of the redevelopment of several Central London properties into 4 and 5 star branded hotels.


Robert Newman Partner

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