Pubs, bars and restaurants
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Pubs, bars and restaurants

A leading force in the pub, bar and restaurant arena, our practice has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. We act for operators as they grow their businesses, acquire sites and raise finance for expansion around London and the UK, and for lenders and owners in the sector.
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Our knowledge of the market and personal approach has earned us new clients amongst start-ups, growing chains and more established players.

Utilising our real estate, construction and development, corporate and commercial expertise we help our clients to expand and make the most of new opportunities.

As your legal partner, we provide a specialist team that has in-depth knowledge of your market and issues you face, whether it be a single restaurant or a chain of pub businesses. This means that right from the beginning, you will enjoy a close partnership and be confident in achieving your commercial aims.

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
  • franchise contracts
  • licensing and regulatory issues
  • investments
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • structured and debt finance
  • commercial agreements
  • tax and technology issues
  • management buy-outs

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

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 the major King's Cross development and previous outlets including Chiswick.

Pho Restaurants

We have advised on all the site acquisitions for this Vietnamese fusion cuisine group including One New Change centre in the City of London, Balham, Chiswick and Covent Garden.


We advised on the group's refinancing with NatWest including security on all five current sites.

Accor Hotels Group

We have acted on the grant of leases of hotel restaurant premises to independent operators as part of a trend for branded and destination eating places within hotels.

Bramwell Pub Company

We advised on the restructuring of the Barracuda Pub Group to create the Bramwell Pub Company with an estate of nearly 200 pubs.

Marston's Estates

We have acted on numerous site acquisitions and disposals as well as property management issues for this brewer and pub company.

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