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        DWF’s Hospitality Group draws together in-depth know-how and experience in the sector to deliver quality legal advice in a commercial context.

        Whether you’re buying, financing or selling a hotel or catering business, restructuring or entering a joint venture, building a new hotel, putting in place agreements for managing your business, setting up sponsorship, revising compliance and regulations, protecting your brand, or managing employee and agency worker issues, you need a nationwide team of legal specialists.

        “The DWF team is easy to work with, proactive and focused on delivery. They have a proven track record of helping Whitbread to achieve significant growth in its hotel and restaurant brands, and have helped us to deliver some particularly complex and high profile projects. Importantly for me, they retain that human touch and seem genuinely interested in building long-term relationships.”
        – Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Property, Commercial & Premier Inn Germany, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

        Our experienced sector team is drawn from industry experts in both in-house and City firm roles. We have over 30 years’ experience of working in this industry and we understand that this kind of longevity and proven track record is important.

        We’re committed to working with you collaboratively, to adapt our legal advice to your commercial focus. Understanding the opportunities to establish an approachable, decisive plan for getting the most from them.

        Our award-winning legal experts are trusted by many of the leading names in the industry, including Greene King and Whitbread.

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        Press Release

        DWF advises Whitbread on £200m London hotel duo deal

        17 January 2017

        Legal business DWF has advised Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator, on a pair of forward funding deals in London valued at over £200m combined. 

        Press Release

        DWF advises Blue Chip Holidays’ shareholders through acquisition

        02 November 2016

        Legal business DWF has advised the shareholders of cottage and luxury lodge business Blue Chip Holidays on its acquisition by Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK (WVR UK) as part of a strategic plan to develop its national self-catering portfolio. 

        Meet our team

        Melanie Williams

        • Partner // Head of Hospitality Group

        Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

        • Partner // Executive Partner (Munich) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Global Disputes

        Paul Inman

        • Partner // Head of Real Estate (North West)

        Hilary Ross

        • Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality // Executive Partner (London)

        Kirsty Rogers

        • Partner // Executive Partner (Manchester) & Head of Client Development

        Jay Birch

        • Partner // Head of International Corporate Development

        David Crank

        • Senior Associate // Head of Licensing

        Jean Francois Mercadier

        • Partner // Managing Partner (France)