Hospitality and leisure businesses require legal advice from lawyers with experience across a range of disciplines and who understand the issues they face. We have a track record of working as an integrated team, delivering results and adding value to our clients in this sector.

Our lawyers have vast experience of working for and advising hospitality and leisure businesses which allows us to tailor our advice and offer expert, pro-active and commercially focused advice.

Key contact

Gerallt heads up the hospitality and leisure team. He has a wealth of experience advising clients in the H&L sector on public and private mergers and acquisitions. He also specialises in equity and debt investments, private equity, joint ventures, management buy-outs/ buy-ins, restructuring and general corporate advice.

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Sector experts

We regularly buy and sell properties operated as H&L sites and companies that own such sites, so we know where issues particular to those properties and businesses can arise.

We have expertise in the brewing and drinks supply arena and can advise on licensing, health and safety, data protection and all other aspects of the regulatory regime. Our employment experts are often called upon to provide immediate and pragmatic advice on HR issues.

Our commercial team has vast experience of negotiating a wide range of contracts for H&L clients, including those relating to the supply of food and drinks, contract brewing and logistics, the development of bespoke software and the provision of other IT services.

We appreciate that the accessibility of our senior lawyers, even outside usual business hours and the speed of response to instructions are critically important factors in the fast-moving H&L world.

Hospitality and leisure finance

Our banking and finance team is experienced in acting for borrowers and lenders in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Our experts have a depth of understanding of the industry which guarantees that you get comprehensive, commercially-aware advice.

We advise our clients on:

  • acquisition and investment financing;
  • refinancing;
  • development and construction financing;
  • mezzanine financing;
  • preparation of certificates/reports on title;
  • intercreditor issues, especially in connection with drinks producers; and
  • perfection of security.

The team has a wide range of experience in finance transactions relating to fast food and coffee franchises, hotels, gyms and health clubs, breweries, pubs, restaurants, bars and other leisure sites.


The team at Hugh James, led by Dan Morgan, have been superb, playing a key role in diligently supporting us through this significant transaction. Our long-standing relationship with Hugh James will certainly continue into the future as we continue to evolve and grow the Brains brand.

Jon Bridge | SA Brain & Co


"An expansion of this nature is not a step we take lightly the team at Hugh James were once again a huge support in helping us through the process to secure this important acquisition as we continue to grow the business. We have a long-standing relationship with Hugh James and the team there are always prepared to act promptly and effectively on our behalf.”

Mark Colcomb, Celtic Manor Resort Vice-President, Finance and Support

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