The hospitality sector is dynamic and diverse, responding to changes in technology and society. Growth in the sector brings with it unique challenges requiring a strong platform of commercial focused legal expertise.

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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. 

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 De Vere hotels, Greene King and Whitbread.

Quotes from our clients include:

“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

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How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of services and products for hospitality.

Some of our experts

Hilary Ross

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

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Melanie Williams

Partner - Head of Hospitality Group

I am Head of the Hospitality sector group as well as a Partner in the Real Estate team, working from both the Birmingham and London offices.

Paul Inman

Partner - Head of Real Estate (North West)

I am Head of the Real Estate team in Manchester.


Kirsty Rogers

Partner - Executive Partner (Manchester) & Head of Client Development

I oversee the firm’s approach to client relationships across the commercial side of the business, whilst maintaining my core role as an employment lawyer.

Iain McLean


I am a well-known figure throughout the UK real estate market, advising those involved in investing, developing or occupying property within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Understand the new Food Information Regulations

New EU laws are now in force which require all food businesses to change the labels that apply to their foods. Our interactive labels will help you understand some of the key changes and how the new laws may impact you.

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