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Sunday, 25 August 2019

We have a huge range of experience advising clients in the UK and overseas across the leisure sector, from hotels, holiday parks and tourist attractions to pubs and restaurants, cinemas and gyms. 


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Commercial, IP & Technology

Ben Chivers

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Ben is a partner in our Commercial, IP and Technology department. He joined the firm as a trainee in 2004 and became a partner in 2014. He specialises in joint ventures, strategic alliances and commercial contracts, including outsourcing, supply of goods and services, distribution, agency and franchise agreements.

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Whatever your business is looking to do, whether raising funds, embarking on a new joint venture, outsourcing services, franchising, structuring employee incentives, acquiring new assets or disposing of existing ones, or restructuring entirely, we are able to provide high-quality, bespoke advice, tailored to the needs of your business.

Our leading lawyers cover all areas relevant to the industry, including commercial, IP & technologyreal estate, employment, taxdispute resolution and a host of others. We also have the top mid-market M&A practice in the sector and are ranked #1 by volume of M&A deals by Mergermarket. Together with our market-leading advice, we have an array of contacts within private equity houses, banks and other institutions that are active in providing financing and investment to the leisure community enabling us to provide you with advice on the latest market trends in the sector.

Here are just a few examples or our recent work in this sector:


  • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on its acquisition of Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, a five-star hotel located on the Caribbean island of St Barthélemy
  • McAleer & Rushe on the building and operation of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' first Luxury "W" Hotel in the UK at the re-developed Swiss Centre in Leicester Square, and its subsequent sale
  • Anglo Irish Bank and Allied Irish Bank on the financing of the purchase of the Savoygroup of hotels (since renamed the Maybourne Hotel Group)
  • Patron Capital on the acquisition of a Staybridge Suites in Liverpool and separately on the acquisition of a Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn at the Westfield Shopping Centre at Stratford, London

Pubs & Restaurants:

  • On the establishment of Harris + Hoole, a new chain of artisan coffee shops created through a joint venture between Taylor St Baristas and Tesco
  • An international food travel expert business operating in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa in relation to disputes arising out of franchise agreements, termination of contracts and general business agreements
  • Shepherd Neame on its deal to acquire the rights to brew and package Asahi Super Dry lager, Japan's number one beer
  • Samuel Smith on its high-profile litigation against a competitor and in an associated settlement with Marks and Spencer
  • Phoenix Equity Partners on the sale of Gaucho Grill

Travel, Tourism & Entertainment:

  • Virgin Active on its partnership with the English RFU for a health club in the South Stand at Twickenham Stadium and on the integration aspect of its acquisition ofHolmes Place and Esporta Fitness and continue to provide ongoing employment advice
  • Gala Coral, casino and licensed letting officer operator, on various IP infringement issues
  • Management of The Tussauds Group on its £1,028bn  partnership with Merlin Entertainment Group
  • on a complex and business-critical IT outsourcing with Rackspace, for the hosting of HostelBookers' entire web presence
  • Management of Legoland on Blackstone Capital Partners' €375m acquisition of Legoland Parks

Head of Leisure Ben Chivers attended this year's Hotel Operations Conference in the summer and spoke to My Hospitality Channel, part of, about the challenges facing the sector. View his thoughts in the below videos.