The hotels and leisure industry encompass a wide spectrum of businesses across hotels, pubs and restaurants, travel sport, leisure and gaming.

Financing, owning, operating or developing a bespoke boutique hotel or an international brand? Rolling out a standalone restaurant or a national chain offering? Need advice on a dispute with a franchisee or an international arbitration? Our hotels and leisure team is at your service.

Within our team, we have some truly "big ticket" instructions. However, whether the advice you require involves the exceptional or every day ("business as usual"), you will benefit from the same unerring focus from our lawyers. 

Like the sector in which we serve, connectivity is key. We provide advice to clients on a wealth of domestic sector interests as well as instructions on an international playing field. Our lawyers work cross-jurisdictionally and internationally from our offices in the UK and abroad with many of our instructions featuring multiple jurisdictions or simply involving assets based overseas. 


The hotel and leisure sector is particularly sensitive to the effects of COVID-19. Significant challenges have presented themselves in consequence of myriad factors, such as Governmental lockdown, social distancing requirements and customer confidence. Contact our COVID-19 working group of in-house specialists to discuss where we can help you.

What our group can advise on
Ownership and investment
  • The structuring of investments and funding of schemes
  • Acquisitions and disposals of leisure assets
  • Hotel Management Agreements, Franchise Agreements, NDAs
  • Portfolio acquisitions and asset management
  • Brand protection
  • Ticketing terms and conditions
  • Customer or supplier contracts
  • Employment issues
  • Franchise and F&B agreements
Construction and development
  • Development, construction and refurbishment contracts
  • Construction dispute resolution
Extensive experience

We are the main legal advisers for Travelodge Hotels Ltd and have acted for Shearings Hotels, N H Hoteles and Manhattan Loft Corporation. We have acted on hotel schemes involving Hilton, IHG, Sofitel, Etap, Ibis, Four Seasons, Jefferson, Radisson Edwardian, Ramada, Crowne Plaza and Mondrian hotels.

We have advised on numerous venue management and ancillary agreements including ticketing and F&B agreements for Manchester's International concert venue, Ticketmaster, Newcastle Arena and BFI Imax.

Here are some examples:

  • Addleshaws have a long standing, strong relationship with Travelodge Hotels Ltd which has provided a fantastic working knowledge of the budget hotel sector. We have acted for them for over 10 years and have worked all aspects of their business from acquisitions, disposals, management of their extensive portfolios, commercial agreements and operational issues.
  • Addleshaws international reach means that we can advise on leisure schemes all over the world. We have recently advised on the construction of a 5 star Mondrian hotel and apartments in Dubai, involving our London, Qatar and Dubai offices and involving expertise in construction and hotel management agreements.
  • Addleshaws act for a number of pub companies. We acted on the acquisition for Cerberus Capital Management of 134 pubs from Prestbury Holdings. The instruction reflects our expertise in the pub sector as we had previously acted on the other side to Cerberus when they bought Admiral Taverns a deal involving 1300 pubs.
  • Advising the owner on the ACT Group/Criterion Capital – £1 billion syndicated facility from Aviva Commercial Finance Ltd secured on a £2billion portfolio including London Trocadero (including a new Ibis styles and Mercure hotel) and Criterion Theatre.
  • Advising Aberdeen Asset Management on the acquisition of the iconic Albert Dock in Liverpool. A Grade 1 collection of buildings with 400,000 square feet of hotel, leisure, retail and offices including a Premier Inn and Holiday Inn.
  • Acting for Manhattan Loft Corporation in relation to all of the construction contracts and property aspects required to deliver Manhattan Loft Gardens a residential and hotel tower adjacent to the former Olympic Games site at Stratford.

Our hotels and leisure team has significant industry knowledge which we have built over many years working with owners, developers, funders and operators.

Key contacts

Meet the team
Lucy Sturrock

Lucy Sturrock

Partner, Real Estate
United Kingdom

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Luke Baines

Luke Baines

Partner, Construction and Engineering
London, UK

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