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Tourism and leisure

Tourism is one of Cumbria’s most important industries, employing more than 35,000 people and bringing more than £2.7 billion into the Cumbrian economy. Burnetts’ cross-discipline Tourism and Leisure team plays a leading role in the sector with grounded, expert and specialist legal advice.

Working for a vast and diverse range of leisure and tourism clients, including hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions, leisure operators, B&Bs and tourism membership groups, the team’s experience includes the following:

The “standout” team has advised on the sale and acquisition of numerous hotels and leisure businesses throughout the Lake District, Cumbria and beyond including the transfers of multi million pound luxury hotels and notably a £40 million acquisition of a globally recognised fast-food outlets franchise. 

Described as “unfailingly excellent”, Burnetts property specialists have advised on numerous acquisitions, sales, refinance, and lettings of hotels, restaurants, pubs, time-shares and visitor attractions. Within the banking sector and often working to challenging deadlines, our property team also provides due diligence support to enable tourism businesses to be financed or re-financed.

Our in-house planning experts work extensively in the sector helping tourist attractions, tour operators, caravan park owners and others to achieve their development and expansion goals, especially within the constraints of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site. 

Burnetts’ “go-to” team of employment lawyers and HR consultants provides the full range of support to tourism and leisure businesses including: the provision of seasonal and permanent employment contracts; day to day advice on managing grievances, absence and other HR issues and delivering high level support for difficult or sensitive employment tribunal claims. 

Advice on commercial disputes is provided by Burnetts’ “truly pragmatic” dispute resolution lawyers who have helped accommodation providers, attractions and hospitality businesses with a wide range of commercial disputes including property disputes, customer complaints, breach of contract claims and loss of tourist business. 

Burnetts is a member of Cumbria Tourism  and Keswick Tourism Association and also works closely with several other tourism organisations in the Lake District. 

Sponsor of Cumbria Tourism awards 2018

* Quotations from The Legal 500 2018 

Who to contact

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Robbie Mather

Robbie is a Partner and head of the Commercial Property team.