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sports, hotels and leisure


The sports, hotels and leisure industry operates in an ever changing world and our clients find that our proactive understanding of the sector is invaluable. Our specialist sports and leisure lawyers are drawn from our corporate, real estate, technology, banking, employment, finance, franchising, intellectual property and tax teams - creating a genuine one stop shop for clients in this sector.

Our clients include large multinational hotel chains; youth hostels; pubs, bars and restaurants; travel companies; art galleries; gyms and health clubs; professional sports clubs and stadia companies; leisure operators; financiers and investors, and hotel and leisure developers.

From corporate governance and sponsorship deals, to dealing with the media, investors, agents and maximising value from your brand, our lawyers understand your commercial challenges and deliver first class, appropriate advice that achieves your strategic objectives.

what we do...

  • Funding and investment -  we are involved in the establishment of special purpose vehicles and negotiate finance and equity investment. We act on the funding and refinancing agreements and are well versed in understanding the Bank’s funding approach and requirements.
  • Intellectual property and commercial agreements - we advise on franchise agreements and non-disturbance agreements.
  • Specialist property advice – we advise on design contracts, construction documents and hotel management and marketing contracts. Providing advice on site acquisitions, refurbishment and extensions. 
  • Insurance advisory and claims – such as public liability claims, employers liability claims and regulatory HSE investigations and prosecutions.
  • Assistance with operational issues  - such as employment, workforce (including employing foreign nationals) and health and safety.  We also offer trust and tax planning advice to the ultimate owners.
  • Specialist sports law advice - such as sponsorships, player agreements, child protection, stadia property leasing and licensing, employment, disciplinary, club takeovers, defamation cases, regulatory, entertainment licences, ticketing, corporate governance, tax, banking, property services and media rights issues.

focus on...

Legal updates

Pause Game - Coronavirus and Contracts

The true impact of coronavirus on the games industry is yet to be seen, but there is no doubt that it is currently impacting the industry.


Legal updates

Are redress schemes the answer to improving the way abuse claims are dealt with?

The search for improved ways of dealing with abuse claims has put a spotlight on redress schemes; with Manchester City football club recently announcing a scheme and Lambeth Council providing a ‘half time’ assessment of their scheme.


Legal updates

Working with commercial sports providers to create value on your school site

There are a number of commercial sports providers whose business model involves setting up facilities at school sites and then charging the public for their use.


Legal updates

Assessment of selection criteria relating to economic and financial standing

A recent case has once again highlighted the need for contracting authorities to fully consider how they assess economic and financial standing of bidders.


what the directories say...