Hospitality & Leisure
The hospitality and leisure sector remains highly competitive and depends on the availability of leisure time, disposable income and consumer confidence.
The sector is rapidly changing and increasingly engaging with the latest technology to satisfy their digitally active customers who expect to be able to interact with brands on a personalised and multichannel basis. Whether you are a sole trader setting up a new bar or a developer constructing a hotel, our lawyers can advise you. We help our clients to protect and enhance the value of their assets whether this is their reputation, brand, people or property.
Our clients have access to a fully integrated and sector-focused team advising on everything from corporate transactions, consumer and competition law, franchise and outsourcing operations (including hotel/restaurant management), commercial contracts, brand protection and licensing, data security, personal data and privacy issues, technology supplier arrangements, sponsorship agreements, website and promotional terms and conditions, litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution, employment law, tax matters and all property related issues.
Our diverse client base reaches across the sector and includes developers, investors, lenders, managers and owners involved with hotels, bars, restaurants, leisure complexes, golf clubs, spas, festivals, conferences and events and a variety of visitor attractions.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
Hotels: Checking out of hotels and into homes01 September 2023
The Department for Levelling Up in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have published yet another consultation proposing changes to planning legislation, specifically amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“GPDO”).
Hotels: Investing in branded residences01 September 2023
Branded residences have grown in popularity across the global super-prime real estate market in recent years, especially since the pandemic. Secure and convenient luxury living, managed by the most prestigious of hotel brands, has proved appealing to many high-net-worth individuals. While purchase for personal use is more common across the globe, branded residences are emerging as an attractive investment asset in certain locations, including the Middle East. In this article, we explore the concept of branded residences as an investment and consider the likely commercial and legal challenges that operators and investors alike may face in the UK market.
Hotels: Cleaning the air – green trends in the hotel industry01 September 2023
Fuelled by the climate crisis, green-minded stakeholders are applying ever-increasing pressure on hotel companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is not surprising given that, according to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the carbon emissions generated per room per night in UK hotels are as high as 10.4 kg CO2e.
The Hospitality Industry’s Covid Balancing Act: Anna Sella writes for CLH News26 November 2021
From 19 July 2021 (dubbed 'Freedom Day' by some), the Government effectively transferred the responsibility for deciding what amounts to appropriate measures to keep workers and customers safe into individual businesses. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer - even businesses in the same sector will need to take into account very different considerations.
European Commission supports voluntary travel vouchers but what are the implications for the UK travel business?22 May 2020
The European Commission has issued a “Recommendation”, announcing that it wants to encourage consumers to accept vouchers in place of cash refunds for cancelled holidays.
Cancellations and refunds during the COVID-19 pandemic11 May 2020
It seems that every day there is a new report in the media about ordinary people being denied refunds when holidays, weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversary parties and other events which they have paid for have been cancelled as a consequence of national or global lockdown measures. In some cases, the travel company/event organiser has insisted on collecting balancing payments from their customers as well.
Court of Appeal refuses to depart from "natural and ordinary" meaning of commercial indemnity clause26 February 2020
The Court of Appeal has considered the construction of an indemnity clause in a trust deed holding that the words used should be given their natural and ordinary meaning. The case highlights the importance of clear and careful drafting as the courts will not readily rescue parties from the effects of the words used even where this means an unexpected advantage for a party.
Parties making false statements in pre-action witness statements to face proceedings for contempt of court18 November 2019
In a case relating to a package holiday which will serve as a warning to anyone considering fabricating facts to support a letter of claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled that parties making false statements in pre-action witness statements (potentially exposed as being untrue by the witnesses’ own social media posts) can face proceedings for contempt of court.