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.

For legal updates and news, please visit Fladgate’s Hotels and Leisure Law blog.

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”.

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Regularly retained by owners, operators, investment vehicles and developers to act on complex projects, throughout the UK.  Serves clients across the full gamut of the market including those with gaming, cinema, hotel and restaurant assets.  Advised Global Gaming Ventures on the acquisition of two casino properties in England worth a combined £32.6 million.  Acted for Starboard Hotels on its acquisition of a portfolio of Ibis hotels from Accor through a purchase and franchise agreement. Julian Lewis and Stephen Lewis are key client contacts.

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“They have always been very efficient. They are very responsive and we like the individuals there.”  Advised Merlin Entertainments on projects at Alton Towers Resort, including new themed accommodation lodges and several treehouses. Represented Four Pillars Hotels in the disposal of its portfolio, which includes six hotels in Oxfordshire, to a Starwood Capital-affiliated fund.  Head of department Julian Lewis is a key contact.

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Typically acts for developers and owners in the sector. Advises on a range of asset types including cinemas, restaurants and sports facilities.  “They’re a very hands-on firm whose focus is on generating client loyalty. They have a commercial approach and look for longevity in their client relationships. They are down-to-earth, approachable and good at explaining things in a non-legal way.”

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Continues to grow and diversify, working on complex portfolio transactions and investment matters for institutional clients, high net worth individuals and well-known companies. Maintains a strong presence in the hotels and residential spaces.  “A very good customer focus and eye for detail.”   Acquired a significant hotel development site in Shoreditch on behalf of Highgate Hotels.   Assisted CNM Estates with its £53.5 million purchase of Tolworth Tower.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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Regularly retained by owners, operators, investment vehicles and developers to act on complex projects throughout the UK. Areas of expertise include funding, real estate, developments and transactional work. Serves clients across the full gamut of the market, including those with gaming, cinema, hotel and restaurant assets. Acted for 4C Hotels on negotiating a franchise agreement with Hilton for new boutique hotel brand Canopy. Julian Lewis is a key contact.


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Hotels and leisure expert Julian Lewis, who is ‘very knowledgeable, efficient and client-focused’, acted for Haché on its acquisition by Hush.

Legal 500

  • 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.
  • Splendid Hotel Group – reorganisation of a portfolio of eight branded and two unbranded central London hotels whereby one partner of Splendid Hotel Group acquired five hotels personally from the partnership and five were sold to the Redefine International Group which is an associate of one of South Africa’s largest listed property companies. The transaction was valued at £180m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanguine Hospitality – acquisition by Interstate Hotels & Resorts of Sanguine’s management platform. Sanguine is a Liverpool based hospitality development and ownership company.
  • 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.
  • 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.