We are longstanding advisers in the hotels sector, acting for three of the UK's largest 10 hotel operators. We also regularly advise up and coming owners, developers and operators, investors and specialist lending teams in the hotel sector.
  • Profile
  • Experience

We ensure a personal approach which has earned us a roster of clients, with many of whom we have built a longstanding relationship. Clients include:

  • hotel managers
  • investors
  • developers
  • owners
  • operators

We therefore have experience in every legal aspect affecting the hotel industry. In addition, we act for a number of leading banks providing finance to the hotels sector.

Our specialist team, drawn from across the firm, works with you to bring their in-depth knowledge of your market to bear and offer a practical, commercial approach to your needs, whatever your role in the hotels marketplace. From this, we build partnerships with you to give you confidence in achieving your commercial aims.

We can help you with

  • Property development including planning and environmental advice
  • Property leasing and management
  • Joint ventures
  • Management contracts
  • Franchise contracts
  • 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.

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.

International luxury brands

We have advised several international luxury hotel brands on complex confidential construction and development projects using our experience in dispute resolution and hotel specific issues.

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