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Eric Gummers

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Partner. Eric is a corporate lawyer helping clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts. A high proportion of his work is international. He leads our hotel and leisure group. Eric is recognised for his specialised work in the hotel and leisure sector, particularly membership clubs, loyalty programmes, fractional, shared ownership and condo-hotels.


Trained Rowe & Maw; qualified 1985; partner 1992; partner Amhurst Brown Colombotti 1998-2003; partner Howard Kennedy 2003; publications: ‘Due Diligence for UK Acquisitions’ (KLUWER); ‘Cross-border Contracting’ (KLUWER).




CLLS (City of London‎ Law Society) Commercial Law Sub-Committee and Legal Committee of Resort Developers Association.


Jesus College, Cambridge (1982 BA; MA).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice head Robert Lands and Eric Gummers are advising Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe) on structuring the sale and marketing of fractional rights in Europe, (as well as associated regulatory and commercial contracts issues), which includes a luxury apartment at 47 Park Street in London. Lands has particular expertise in the technology and creative industries, with his advice to clients spanning areas such as advertising, franchising, brand licensing, distribution agreements and endorsement agreements. Consultant Jonathan Sellors is recommended for his knowledge of commercial arrangements in the medical devices and medical research sectors. The firm also generates work from clients in the retail and leisure industries.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Howard Kennedy LLP provides ‘strong service and excellent industry knowledge’ particularly in relation to the hotel-and-leisure and retail sectors. Eric Gummers, who is ‘very attentive to the details’, specialises in condo-hotels, fractionals, and timeshares; while Adam Walford leads on restaurants work and acts for clients such as Carluccio’s and Samba Brands. On the retail side the team ‘is particularly good at assisting new entrant retail businesses to the UK to get up to speed with local laws and commercial leasing practices’. Retail co-heads Julian Hindmarsh and Nicky Stewart, and ‘fantastic’ senior associate Vanessa Laundon, provide ‘succinct, timely advice’ to a multitude of luxury brands including Honey Birdette and NARS Cosmetics. The practice’s investment work is led by Andrew Collins and Graham Kaye, and in one highlight Collins advised a group of Isle of Man investors on the re-gear of the occupancies of a landmark office building in central London. Paul Springall heads the practice.

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