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Retail, Hospitality & Leisure


At Hay & Kilner, we have a thorough understanding of the challenges that our retail, hospitality and leisure clients face in the dynamic and fast moving environment in which they operate.

Our team, based at our Newcastle office, comprises lawyers from a number of our departments including Corporate, Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution and Employment. Together they provide expert advice and help our clients resolve business and regulatory issues quickly and effectively.

Our specialist lawyers have vast practical experience of dealing with public houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, retail banks, national and local retail stores, and those involved in the gambling and gaming industries.

Our retail, hospitality and leisure lawyers provide advice on:

  • Commercial contracts, including franchising and agency agreements;
  • Development, leasing and lease renewals;
  • Licensing issues;
  • Corporate transactions and acquisitions;
  • Health and safety;
  • Technology and e-commerce, including distance selling;
  • Data protection;
  • Intellectual property, including brand protection;
  • Selling and buying commercial property;
  • Property litigation;
  • Resolving conflicts and disputes;
  • Debt recovery;
  • Employment and workforce HR issues; and
  • Business restructuring, recovery and insolvency.

We understand your industry, your business and your needs, which allow us to provide you with tailored advice and support throughout the process.

  • "Jonathan Waters delivered exactly what we wanted, when we wanted it. He was first class."

    - Client of Jonathan Waters

  • "Lucy Gray was great in affirming to me my strong legal position and in helping me take a stance that ultimately allowed me to negotiate a strong settlement deal."

    - Client of Lucy Gray

  • "Nicola Tiffen has in depth knowledge of legal issues coupled with a willingness to take a pragmatic view when required."

    - Client of Nicola Tiffen