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Leisure and Hospitality

We are experts in the leisure and hospitality sector, with vast experience in helping businesses grow and achieve their goals.

Our clients range from those starting out in the sector, to national brands seeking strategic, commercial advice on multi-million pound hospitality complexes. We are a trusted advisor to hundreds of bars and restaurants, cinema operators, developers, festivals, gyms, hotels and sports clubs.

Our experts have contributed to roundtable discussions, fed into consultation papers and regularly speak to national operators at regional industry events.

Along with this, we are huge supporters of the Northern Restaurant and Bar (NRB), which includes the Kuits NRB Top Fifty Awards. The awards recognise the most significant and influential hospitality operators in the North of the country.

At our Leisure Sector Series, we regularly have leading industry professionals on our guest panel who give the audience of start-ups and national operators sound advice on the challenges and changes of the ever-growing leisure sector.

We offer a wide range of legal services to help grow your business, whether you’re a start-up or an established business looking to grow. These include:

LICENSING

We act on behalf of premises from restaurants, bars and pubs to off-licences, nightclubs, lap-dancing clubs, festivals and large event spaces. In the leisure and hospitality industry, your licence can be your most valuable asset, and we work hard to ensure that you open with and retain the permissions you require.

COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS

With our extensive experience of commercial agreements, we can help you negotiate favourable deals for your business and prevent you being tied into onerous and restrictive supply deals. Our experience includes: standard terms and conditions; supply agreements; confidentiality agreements; and software licence agreements. We can also provide support if you are looking to expand your business as we have expertise in drafting and negotiating management, franchise and concession agreements.

DATA PROTECTION

We advise on all aspects of data protection and privacy compliance (including the use of CCTV), from assisting with large and in-depth compliance projects to advising in respect of discreet enquiries. We have assisted a range of leisure businesses in navigating the difficult post-GDPR data protection landscape and provided pragmatic advice in respect of the collection and use of personal data for marketing purposes and how to respond to requests from data subjects. Our understanding of how leisure businesses typically use personal data ensures we are able to support businesses in an efficient and commercial manner.

CORPORATE AGREEMENTS

We advise on all aspects of corporate transactions for our clients, including raising money to fund expansion, setting up appropriate corporate structures for your business/associated property and acquiring and disposing of businesses.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We are specialists in intellectual property law and understand how best to protect and exploit your intellectual property rights, whether this be within your brand, company or online presence. We can assist you with applying for a Trade Mark and can also help protect your reputation and data from infringement. As part of our intellectual property expertise we can offer your business a full audit to check your compliance and protections.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Whether you buy, sell, rent or sub-let your property, good legal advice is vital. We can support you through such transactions and have extensive experience in all types of commercial property deals, helping you to secure flexibility and cost-efficiency for your space. Our expert construction team are also able to advise you on any new fit outs for your premises.

LITIGATION

Our highly experienced commercial litigation team can advise you on all elements of litigation, from breach of commercial agreements to debt recovery. The team has particular expertise in advising clients how to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, through the development of favourable commercial solutions and “win/win” outcomes.

EMPLOYMENT

Our dedicated team of specialist employment lawyers provide high quality, jargon-free advice to leisure and hospitality operators in the ever-changing and complex area of employment law. We understand the issues particular to this sector such as the treatment of tips, service charges and gratuities, the administration of tronc. Our team can provide support to businesses both with and without a HR team.  Their advice ranges from advising on day to day issues such as disciplinaries and absences, to advising on Tribunal proceedings and settlement agreements.  To provide you with complete control and security, we offer cost-effective HR retainer packages that help you spread the cost of HR advice over the year.

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