Our cross-firm hotels team provides the full range of legal services required by clients across the hotel sector, from luxury high-end resorts, hotel chains, owners, managers, franchisors and franchisees to businesses supporting the hotel industry.

We have a detailed appreciation of the dynamics of the hotel industry and an understanding of the corporate, commercial, tax, real estate, planning and construction issues that affect businesses in the sector. This enables us to support clients in undertaking a wide range of sophisticated and complex transactions both in the UK and internationally.

We advise on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, financings, developments and other transactions undertaken by our clients, including transaction structuring.

We also help with commercial activities in the sector including management agreements, franchising, operational leases, promotional matters and fractional entitlement, both for existing businesses or new sites.

Our capital markets specialists have experience of public market fundraisings for many businesses, including hotels.

If you have any questions or queries please call Julian on +44 (0)20 3036 7372 or email

Represents a broad array of clients, including significant hotel chains, luxury resorts, leisure facilities and restaurant groups. “Thorough and accessible…  all the necessary specialists”.

Chambers UK

The team is known for its expertise in corporate, commercial and real estate matters, with an emphasis on development. Acts for a range of clients, including hotel chains, restaurants, unbranded boutique hotels, pub companies, operators, financiers and developers. Acted on Splendid Hotel Group’s sales of the InterContinental Hotel Westminster development and the Hilton Bankside development site in Southwark. Advised Isle de France on a management agreement with the Oetker Collection, and on Oetker Collection’s acquisition of an equity stake through share purchase and subscriptions.

Chambers UK

In the hotel and leisure sector, the firm advises a diverse client base including Akkeron, Esporta, Odeon and Starbucks. Clients highlight the team’s “knowledge of the relevant law, efficiency, practicality, common sense and reliability”. Stephen Lewis specialises in hotel and leisure sector work which has previously seem him advise on hotel acquisitions and casino related matters. Sources say that Anthony Vaughan is “commercial and intelligent with a good client touch”.

Chambers UK

This group offers a variety of real estate services, covering hotels, leisure, urban regeneration, investment funds and litigation. Its hotels practice remains active, recently representing Splendid Hotel Group in relation to its £75m refinancing with Bank of China. On the investment side, the group advised the purchasers of two tranches of debt from Credit Suisse, a complex cross-border transaction involving the UK, Germany, Gibraltar and Switzerland. “They know how to pull out all the stops and are on the ball and thorough”.

Chambers UK

  • Hotel Isle de France, St Barths – acquisition and establishment of a fractional entitlement scheme, negotiation of a management agreement with the Oetker Collection, the German hotel management group and disposal to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s luxury products group.
  • Splendid Hotel Group – portfolio disposal of 10 hotels for £180m and £75m refinancing with Bank of China in respect of the development of the InterContinental Westminster, London and subsequent £101m sale of the development to Supreme Hotels LLP.
  • Blair Group of Companies – acquisition from BAA Lynton of the 364–room Jurys Inn Hotel at Heathrow and forward purchase of Travelodge hotels to be constructed in Buckingham, Berwick and Gateshead.
  • Akkeron Hotels Limited – acquisition of three hotel portfolios and negotiation of an agreement with Choice Hotels under which Choice operated nine hotels on a franchise basis.
  • 4C Hotels – refinancing, by Europe Arab Bank of the 310 room Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha; £32.5m purchase of The Minories Estate in Aldgate, London; and advising on the subsequent planning consent for a 500,000 sq ft mixed use scheme.
  • Bird Group – acquisition and refinancing of the Royal Park Hotel.
  • Lowy Group – acquisition of the Queens Hotel Brighton, a 94 bedroom, grade II listed hotel on the sea front and disposal of the Umi Hotel in Bayswater, London for £33.5m to a US property fund.
  • Highgate Hotels Inc. – acquisition of a site in Shoreditch, London for the development of a new 190+ room hotel for this US based and privately owned hotel group.
  • Sanguine Hospitality – acquisition of hotel, restaurant and spa premises at the iconic “Cube” development in Birmingham and various other site acquisitions, franchise agreements with international brands and management contracts, in relation to sites in Bristol, Exeter, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham, disposal to Interstate Hotels & Resorts of Sanguine’s management platform. Acquisition and development of Kennedy Tower in Snow Hill, Birmingham (also known as 1 Snow Hill Plaza) into a Holiday Inn Express.
  • Bravo Investment Group – acquisition of the Park Inn Hotel, Watford from administrators and the acquisition of buildings in Wembley and Croydon for conversion into a large scale apart–hotel.
  • Camden Lock & Earls Court LLP – disposal of 150 room Holiday Inn Express, Earls Court to Redefine International.
  • Globex Fund Limited – advice in connection with an investment in a Dubai property through the US$85m acquisition of a property for a hotel project in the Burj Khalifa District, Dubai.
  • RREEF Real Estate – £100m acquisition, for part of the global alternative investment management business of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division, of the Four Pillars Hotel Group; advising on the joint venture between RREEF Real Estate and the shareholders of Four Pillars to identify and build additional sites.
  • Tritax Securities Limited – acquisition of a hotel portfolio from LR Economy Hotels Limited for a consideration of circa £70m via a collective investment scheme and the sale to Accor of a £71m portfolio of 13 UK hotels for its HotelInvest business.
  • New York Italian Limited – roll–out of the company’s new Marco’s New York Italian and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurants and negotiating and concluding contracts with respective franchisees. The majority of restaurants are to be situated within hotel premises which form part of well–known hotel franchises including Holiday Inn, Best Western, Hotel Indigo and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
  • Eccleston Square Hotel Limited – acquisition and subsequent refinance and development of the former Elizabeth Hotel in Eccleston Square, London.