Buying a Pub or Restaurant

Buying a Pub or Restaurant

If you are thinking of buying, selling or leasing a bar or restaurant, we have that experience to help cover all elements to ensure it is a sound purchase for you.

Property

Our team provides advice to clients on the full range of property and finance issues. Licensed businesses have specific needs when it come to legal advice. It is more complex than buying a home. We will investigate the title, whether freehold or leasehold and raise specific enquiries to provide you with a comprehensive report on the property.

There are various ways in which a public house can be held; freehold, leasehold, tied or freehouse.  Each will have an impact on your business plan.

We will guide you through each stage of the transaction

  • Property review
  • Business transfer
  • Employee obligations
  • Premises licence
Company/commercial

Buying or selling a business is more than just buying the building.  If you are the buyer, you will want assurances that the business is worth the purchase price.   Both parties will want to make sure everyone understands what is being sold, your rights and your obligations.

We can help with:

  • Sale and purchase agreements
  • Share sales
  • Asset sales
  • Preliminary business enquiries
  • Non-compete and post sale restrictions
Employment

Our employment team bring knowledge and expertise in the complex area of employment of bars and restaurants.  We can advise clients, both old and new on the complexities relevant to their particular organisation including:

  • Compliance with employment legislation
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Employment issues arising the transfer of functions
  • Handling redundancies
  • Recruitment and engagement of migrant workers
  • Sickness Absence and Disability
  • Tribunal representation
  • Working time issues
Licensing

We can offer a bespoke service from a qualified solicitor to both holders of licences and those who wish to apply for them. We can negotiate on your behalf with the police, the licensing authority and other responsible authorities and represent you at licensing hearings if required.

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Testimonials

"Clarity and speed. A refreshing absence of legal jargon and gobblodygook!"

- PS

"The down to earth manner of the solicitors."

- GN

"Not too formal - felt like a chat with a friend."

- JG

"As your entire service was excellent, it is not possible to single out anything special to mention."

- AH

"A big firm with a local touch!"

- RG

"Great service, never made things complicated!"

- JW

"Warm friendly service with clear responses to all my questions."

- BF

"Mr Rowland was sincere, approachable, understanding and professional throughout."

- GD

"Personal, prompt, caring and communication by email was excellent."

- Anonymous

"Feeling at ease knowing that they were putting my best interests first."

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