Retail and Leisure


Our dedicated hotels and hospitality team draws on the expertise from professionals across the firm who advise developers, funders, investors, owners, asset managers, operators and franchisors in the hotel and hospitality sector.


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We know hotels and the hospitality industry. Our team has worked with every type of hospitality asset, brand and operating model in the market.

Our team works closely with our hotel clients on every aspect of their business whenever and wherever they need us, always ensuring that projects are completed efficiently so they don't miss out on potential opportunities.

We are a safe pair of hands for every stage of the lifecycle of hospitality assets and operations. We assist with regulatory compliance, investment structuring and funding for start-up ventures, development finance, planning and construction for developments, and due diligence on asset and corporate acquisitions. We also assist in restructuring and help clients plan for disposals and investment exits.

On operational matters, we advise our clients on compliance, employment law, immigration and the suite of franchising/management documentation.

Our lawyers have worked for or opposite every major global brand and we have a strong understanding of the different business models, including economy, mid-scale, boutique and luxury hotels, serviced apartments, apart-hotels and co-living. We'll always look to take stress out of any matter by providing you with a team of advisers who speak your language and who will give you straightforward advice. 

And if you need us to work with innovative structures and develop new models, we’ll find the best way to get you quickly and easily from where you are to where you want to be.

The Legal 500 2019 recommended Howard Kennedy in the top 20 UK firms for hotels:

"The team is noted for its expertise in the hotel, restaurant, leisure and retail sectors"

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