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Leisure

I could go anywhere for legal advice but I need people, like TLT, who are commercial and I can work with.
Neil Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer, Punch Taverns

We support many of the sector's leading pub companies, brewers, clubs, restaurants, event venues, fitness clubs, hotels and visitor attractions, helping them stay ahead in a highly competitive market. 

Recognised for our commercial approach and ability to anticipate our clients' needs, we focus on the big picture and how we can help our clients to achieve their commercial goals.  We have a multi-disciplinary team, able to support our clients across the full range of legal issues that they face. We are particularly regarded for our leading national real estate, licensing and commercial litigation teams. 

For some clients we advise on high value, strategic matters and for others, we support on their day-to-day legal issues.  Some clients outsource elements of their legal requirements to us, recognising our strong reputation for consistent, efficient delivery and a high quality product. 

We constantly challenge ourselves to work more efficiently and develop solutions that contribute to our clients' success, whether that be the way we work, the resources we employ to deliver the work or the development of technological solutions to make us stand out from our competitors.

We are actively involved in the sector as members of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, Business in Licensing, the Leisure Property Forum and the Gambling Business Group. We regularly attend and present at conferences, like the Visitors Attraction Conference, the Tenanted Pub Company Summit, the Pub Retail Summit and the Restaurant Conference. We do this to share developments in the legal and regulatory space, contribute to the debate and add our positive influence to the sector.

Highlights

  • Acting for Punch Taverns on acquisitions and disposals in addition to property estate management work (i.e. granting of leases, tenancies, assignments, licences)  We also act on portfolio acquisitions and disposals. 
  • Exclusive licensing advisors to Glastonbury Festival including strategy, dialogue with responsible authorities, pre application consultation and fully contested application process.
  • Advising Living Ventures, owner of the Gusto, Blackhouse Grill and Suburbia brands, on the acquisition of a package of five restaurants from North-west-based chef-restaurateur Paul Heathcote. We further advised on the acquisition of two prestigious outlets in Manchester's Spinningfields development.
  • Advising Wembley National Stadium/The FA on debt recovery, commercial litigation and insolvency work. 
  • Acting for Merlin Entertainments on the grant of an Agreement for Lease and Lease of a plot of land on the Weymouth ferry peninsula on which Merlin built an observation tower tourist attraction. 

Our clients

  • Earls Court & Olympia London
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Greene King
  • Las Iguanas
  • Punch Taverns
  • SA Brain Ltd
  • Spirit Pub Company
  • World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

Our expertise

Attractions

We advise some of the world’s leading visitor attractions in relation to their needs concerning theme parks, aquariums, castles, museums, galleries and theatres. We also provide advice to businesses that support attractions.

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Bars, restaurants & clubs

We advise some of the most innovative restaurant, bar and club brands in the UK, supporting them as they develop their offer. We then support at start-up, during roll out, operationally and at exit.

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Festivals, concerts & event venues

We help organisers of festivals, concerts and large indoor and outdoor events with all the legal requirements needed to operate successful events. This can include obtaining alcohol licences and advice on health and safety through to commercial contracts with suppliers, debt recovery and advice on corporate structure. 

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Fitness, health & sport

We act for a variety of organisations and individuals across the fitness, health and sports sectors. These include national governing bodies, leading sports clubs and many household names in the world of sport health and fitness.

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Hotels

We act for owners, developers and operators of hotels. We also work with debt and equity providers to the sector. Our clients range from established property developers, investors and lenders to first-time entrants to the hotel industry. 

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Pub companies & brewers

We help pub companies and brewers with the issues they face as a result of market and legislative change. We support them with the day-to-day management of their estates alongside strategic advice in areas such as agreement innovation and regulation, for example the Industry Framework Code, drafting individual codes of practice and the Government's statutory code.

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