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Leisure

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

  • Acquired new sites for Living Ventures' award-winning restaurant and bar brands such as Gusto, Blackhouse and Botanist. As well as estate management and litigation support, we advised on a number of refinancing projects, buy-outs and exits.
  • Undertaking all the licensing work for Las Iguanas across the UK, conducting the advocacy where hearings were required.
  • Working with Punch Taverns in relation to their portfolio of tenanted and managed pubs including advising on a number of strategic projects as well as a range of property, licensing and commercial issues.
  • Supporting Punch Taverns on acquisitions and disposals including the portfolio disposal of 158 pubs for £53 million to NewRiver Retail.
  • Advising Greene King on a wide range of property and licensing work including acquisitions, disposals and developments as well as general estate management work and property litigation. We worked closely with Greene King on the scope and effect of the new Pubs Code.
  • Advising CG Restaurants & Bars on brand protection across their restaurant and bar portfolio, including the flagship Tuttons brasserie in Covent Garden.

Our clients

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

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