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Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure

Delivering straightforward answers to the legal questions facing operators in the hospitality industry.

About our expertise

Our dedicated hospitality team deliver straightforward, informed answers to legal questions faced by operators of pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, drinks and leisure businesses. 

With over 30 years’ experience working with some of the biggest names in the sector we can offer hospitality businesses an in-depth understanding of the particular challenges the sector faces including changes driven by the economy, consumers, new business models and legislation. You can be confident that we understand how the law impacts your business, both at a strategic and operational level and the reassurance that we speak your language. 

We can provide commercial solutions quickly and efficiently. We provide a bespoke, partner led service for each client in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Our team includes specialists who focus on:

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Specialist legal advisers 

Our hospitality team includes specialists across a broad range of practice areas including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Dispute resolution
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Planning and construction
  • Energy, waste & sustainability
  • Customer and staff data
  • Regulatory enforcement
  • Managing staff
  • Tax
  • Brand protection
  • Restructuring and Insolvency – acquisition of businesses out of administration, corporate restructurings, securitisations
  • Competition and EU law
  • Tenanted and trade tie

Our hospitality sector team is led by Leo Skinner (restaurants, QSR, hotels) and includes Christopher Ainsworth (pubs and brewers), Heather Davies (hotels) and Mark Brown (litigation and ACVs).

Key contacts

Leo Skinner's Profile

Leo Skinner

Partner, Head of Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure


  • MA

    “Leo and his team at Freeths act for The Big Table Group. I have had a longstanding relationship with Leo including my present role as Director of...

    Matt Ainger, Property Director

    Big Table Group

  • MG

    “Freeths LLP have been our long term legal partner providing expertise and professionalism in handling both our everyday needs as well as supportin...

    Mark Grunnell, Co-founder and Chief Executive

    Red Oak Taverns

  • KA

    “I have worked with Leo since April 2021 and he has provided me with inciteful and commercial support which can only come from someone who understa...

    Kamran Aziz, Managing Director

    RedCat Pub Company

  • HS

    "Peach Pubs grew through acquiring freeholds and leaseholds (both private and pubco) over 20 years. Freeths became part of our success in the la...

    Hamish Stoddart, Co-founder

    Peach Pub Company

  • PD

    “Leo and all of the team at Freeths are undoubted leisure sector specialists and are both commercial and pragmatic in their advice. They are able...

    Phil Derbyshire, Group Property Director

    The Restaurant Group Plc

  • RM

    “Partnering with Freeths has provided us with invaluable support for our property activities. Their expert guidance and seamless service have prove...

    Richard Maslin, Property Director

    The Liberation Group

  • JD

    “We have worked with Freeths for well over a decade for matters concerning our wine business and wine bars and restaurants, and are consistently im...

    James Davy, Chairman


  • GB

    "I have worked with Freeths for over two decades, firstly as an advisor alongside them when acting for a client, and more recently as the principal...

    Graeme Bunn, Property & Acquisitions Director

    Red Oak Taverns

  • TD

    “Leo and his team at Freeths act for BKUK Group Limited and have done so since the inception of the business in its current form in 2017. I have ha...

    Tim Doubleday, CFO

    BKUK Group Limited

  • NB

    “Freeths has provided unrivalled legal advice to our portfolio businesses in the pubs sector for many years. Their team regularly goes above and be...

    Noah Bulkin, Managing Partner

    May Capital

  • JL

    “I have used Freeths for many years now, both on property and transactional matters. There are many reasons that I have used them so much, but top...

    John Leslie, Non-Executive Director

    Oakman Inns and Restaurants

  • PM

    "The Late-Night sector has had some particularly difficult trading conditions over the last year, which meant unfortunately we had to take on board...

    Peter Marks, Chairman

    UK – REKOM

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Leo Skinner's Profile

Leo Skinner

Partner, Head of Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure

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