Hospitality & Leisure

Creative, commercially-aware solutions for the hospitality & leisure sector.

Our team offers high quality, incisive legal advice to our diverse portfolio of hospitality and leisure operators, drawing expertise from across the firm to offer a full range of creative, commercially-aware services to our clients. 

Our legal knowledge of the hospitality and leisure sector is extensive and our clients cover a broad range of operators, including golf courses, outdoor activity centres, leisure/fitness centres and caravan parks. We represent owners, managers, franchisors, developers and lenders. By working with colleagues in all practice areas, we are able to assemble bespoke teams for each transaction or legal requirement.

We act for a portfolio of well-known operators across the hospitality and leisure sector, including investors, financiers and managers, advising on all aspects of hotel transactions and operations, and providing a full range of creative, commercially-aware services on issues ranging from property and planning to corporate, funding, brand protection, employment law, licensing, health & safety and commercial contracts.

We understand the variety of legal issues our hospitality and leisure clients face and advise on impending changes and legislative developments that may represent a threat or offer the opportunity for growth and development.


Our expertise and industry experience spans all areas of the hospitality and leisure sector. We support private and public sector clients in Scotland, across the UK and overseas, on:

  • acquisition and disposal;
  • financing;
  • property development and construction;
  • agreements for management and leases;
  • employment advice, including contracts, dismissals, union relations, tribunal claims, transfer of business issues and redundancy;
  • advice on legal relationships with guests, function organisers and suppliers including terms and conditions of membership;
  • liquor and entertainment licensing;
  • commercial dispute resolution, including international arbitration, debt collection and customer dissatisfaction;
  • advice on computer systems and booking platforms, branding and advertising;
  • trade descriptions, health and safety, food hygiene and other regulatory issues;
  • business and immigration law, including work permits; and
  • restructuring and insolvency advice.

For more information on how our hospitality and leisure lawyers can help you please get in touch.

Crerar Hotel Group

Advised on the sale of GoGlasgow Urban hotel, a 117-room property in Glasgow, redeveloped by Crerar hotels in 2015. The sale, comprising the property and business of GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, was made to Buxani Group, a Singapore-based private investment group established in 2003, making its first hotel purchase within the UK.

BDL Select

Advised long-standing client on the disposal of the remaining three hotels in a portfolio of six, in Portland, Bedford and Rhu. We advised on the initial three disposals in Stratford upon Avon, Colchester and Dundee.


Advised on the purchase of a 132-room/615-bed boutique hostel in Edinburgh’s Cowgate and then on its £18.4 million UK refinancing project with HSBC, and the sales and leaseback of Safestay’s hostels in Edinburgh and the Elephant and Castle site in London.


Providing licensing advice to a variety of restaurant and hotel clients, including Dakota, Fraser Suites, The R&A, Turnberry and The Balmoral Hotel.

Azure Hotels Group

Acted for Azure Hotels Group in the acquisition of the business and assets of the Residence Inn by Marriott at Quartermile, Edinburgh.

Azure Hotels Group

Acted for Azure Hotels Group in the acquisition of the business and assets of the landmark five-star Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow from administrators.

Chardon Management

Acting for shareholders in the sale of this independent hotel management company with a portfolio of 32 UK hotels under management to a US-based global operator.


Acquisition of the St Andrews Bay and Resort (now Fairmont St Andrews).


Advising on the site acquisition, construction, funding and subsequent sale of the Missoni Hotel, Edinburgh.

Trinity Mirror

Advising on the development of the 143-bedroom Jury's Hotel, Cardiff.