Retail and Leisure


We advise restaurants at various points in their lifecycle. From their initial concept to exit and everything in between, making us the go-to law firm for restaurants.

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We know that not having your legal affairs in order can undo the passion you have put into your restaurant business. We make sure that does not happen. 

We live and breath restaurants, having helped many clients in the sector achieve their business objectives.

“We chose to use Howard Kennedy because of their deep knowledge of the restaurant industry. They’ve helped us with corporate, shareholder and funding matters, employment, branding and real estate. They have been a huge help in growing the brand. We are ambitious about expanding our business and we trust Howard Kennedy to help us achieve our goals.” A fried chicken and waffles concept restaurateur.

Relationships are vital to the restaurant industry. Our connections with clients, professionals and operators enable us to link talent and effect commercial introductions.

Our broad practice encompasses employment, branding, tax and immigration experts meaning we have the inside track on innovation and developments for both operators and those providing products and services to the restaurant industry.

With a genuine interest in the creation and facilitation of restaurants, we are here to help develop your brand and protect your business. We will ensure your hard work and passion is met with our dedicated legal teams and specialists committed to serving you exceptional legal advice.

“We changed our legal services provider to Howard Kennedy after our first couple of sites and have been delighted with their approach and service. We’ve grown rapidly and they’ve been right beside us on property acquisitions, intellectual property and branding matters, as well as employment. They have been critical in helping to make our expansion possible.” Joe Grossmann, Patty&Bun

Clients including Carluccio’s, Myrtle, Aqua, Patty & Bun, Pizza Hut and Tortilla have all chosen Howard Kennedy for legal advice.

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