Hotels and leisure

Forsters' Hotels and Leisure team provides legal advice to a wide spectrum of hotel owners, operators and developers with a particular emphasis on luxury and boutique hotels.

Our extensive network of clients and contacts, including property developers, agents and designers, places us at the centre of the hotel and leisure industry.

Our team offers the broad range of advice needed by hotel owners and operators. We are well placed to guide hoteliers through all the stages of acquisition, development, finance and day-to-day management.

Our services include:

  • hotel acquisitions and sales
  • hotel management agreements
  • asset management
  • financing
  • corporate advice for structuring acquisitions
  • construction advice for development and refurbishment
  • planning
  • commercial contracts
  • employment and health and safety
  • commercial and property litigation
  • tax planning for owners.

Consider the following options… - Elizabeth Small writes for Taxation

Tax Partner, Elizabeth Small, has written for Taxation on the tax consequences of the different ways of owning and operating a hotel.

Hotel Lobby Seating Area


AHC, Manchester 2023 - Key Takeaways

On 11th and 12th September, Manchester played host to the 20th Annual Hotels Conference bringing together key players from the UK hospitality industry. It was a great opportunity to catch up with contacts, make new ones and share thoughts on the state of the hospitality market as well as expectations for the future.

AHC Manchester


Government action on short-term holiday lets – what could this mean?

The Government has responded to mounting pressure to address the adverse impact of short-term rentals. Over the years the significant increase in short-term lets and second homes have seen local authorities complaining about anti-social behaviour from “party” lets, local residents in holiday hot spots being priced out of the local housing market and hotel operators struggling in an already difficult market.

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Weathering the storm: The future for hotels

The Covid-19 pandemic created a perfect storm for the hotels sector and, despite ever improving signs of recovery, the resulting devastation will take time and innovation to repair. Unprecedented economic life-support provided by the UK government over the last two years has kept the gathering clouds at bay, but there could well be casualties in 2022 and beyond. This was the conclusion of a roundtable discussion hosted by Forsters on 10 November 2021.

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COVID-19 and the Hotel Industry

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry, with some commentators suggesting that it could take upwards of five years for the sector to fully recover. Hotels are truly multi-faceted businesses, often involving property interests and construction arrangements, commercial contracts, and underlying financial arrangements, as well as employing many people in various roles. What are the key legal issues hoteliers should consider during these uncertain times?

COVID-19 and the Hotel Industry


The hotel industry: responding and adapting to unprecedented times

The coronavirus pandemic has, without a doubt, reshaped our personal and professional lives. All industries and sectors have been affected in one way or another and are responding in different ways. Some areas of the hotel industry have taken steps which no-one could have foreseen just a few months ago. So, how is the hotel industry responding to the crisis, what measures and arrangements are being put in place and what are the longer term considerations for it?

The hotel industry: responding and adapting to unprecedented times


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