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

"Jade made the process of buying our first home quick, easy and took the stress out of a new chapter of our lives"

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"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"

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"I have used Tracey Laflin at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."

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"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"

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"“ This is the second time we have used Tracey for the conveyancing to buy our new home. She is always completely approachable, she has helped us along the way with advice and useful tips that has helped lessen the stress. We have complete confidence in her and would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and family”.  - Peter Dawes, Cater Dawes Financial Planning "

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"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

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