The UK hospitality and leisure sector – a key driver of growth, employment and overseas income – is experiencing a period of economic and post-Brexit uncertainty and challenge. At Pitmans we understand the wide-ranging legal issues faced by companies of all sizes operating in this marketplace – from structuring a multi-million pound hotel sale to setting up a new restaurant, securing financing for a pub acquisition or becoming embroiled in a commercial dispute with a supplier.

Our enthusiastic and responsive team offers deep hospitality and leisure sector expertise, with many years of experience dealing with legal issues across a full range of hospitality services, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, coffee shops, catering companies, fast food chains, theatres, cinemas, theme parks, airlines, gaming and betting companies, festivals, events, food and drink suppliers and ticketing companies. We act for owners, operators and franchisees of brands and for both creative clients and investors in the sector.

Our clients include:

  • Chewton Glen
  • K10
  • Karali
  • Locale Restaurants
  • Metropolitan Restaurants
  • Sipsmith
  • Specialist Journeys and Specialist Tours
  • The Brewery
  • The Concorde Club and Hotel

Case studies

Pitmans acted for long-standing client Sipsmith as it joined forces with Beam Suntory. Pitmans has been the legal advisor of the well-known distillery since it was established in 2009 and has worked with the business throughout its expansion providing corporate, financial and property advice. Download the case study here.

We provide ongoing legal advice to the Trustee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Scheme and recently advised on putting in place a contingent asset guarantee.

Part of the advisory team on the turnaround of Little Chef.

A recent major project involved a complex wage/tips and gratuities claim for a restaurant client with multiple sites, led by a union and with significant implications for the business. The matter required careful management and resolution of the specific litigation and the implementation of contractual changes to resolve consequential matters.

We advised an entrepreneurial client on securing seed investment for the launch of a pioneering non-alcoholic drinks brand. Pitmans Roger Gregory was awarded the Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year Award for his work on this deal.


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