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Glovers Solicitors LLP
Fifth Floor, Berkshire House
168-173 High Holborn
LONDON
WC1V 7AA
England

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Glovers Solicitors LLP's practice, which is led by the ‘brilliantPhilip Shotter, generates mandates from a variety of occupiers, including cinemas, pubs, luxury fashion brands, restaurants, retailers and grab-and-go companies. The team often advises on day-to-day estate and operational matters, as well as acquisitions, although the impact of Covid-19 has led to a shift towards advice on the property aspects of corporate restructurings, dispute resolution, and consensual and non-consensual rent concession arrangements. Paul Jagger is highlighted for his 'diligent, efficient and cut to the point service'.

Practice head(s):

Philip Shotter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are highly experienced, responsive and thorough.’

‘Philip Shotter and Paul Jagger are my main contacts at Glovers and they are highly experienced, responsive and thorough in all communication. They are always available to discuss contentious issues and provide clarity as and when needed.’

‘The Glovers team are superb; quick, commercial and really understands our business.’

‘Philip Shotter is highly commercial, thorough, nimble and provides clear pragmatic advice. He stands out as he is as passionate and interested in our business as we are.’

‘Glovers LLP offer expert legal service within the hospitality sector, have worked to unlock complicated legal matters quickly and efficiently. They have adapted through covid working remotely, but still keeping us updated at all times through new media.’

‘Philip Shotter and Paul Jagger are both very diligent, efficient, and cut to the point on property matters, be it acquisitions on new property, disposal of property, or technical property legal issues.’

‘Glovers is a boutique style firm of solicitors specialising in the hospitality and leisure sectors. There is a longstanding group of partners all of whom are very personable and easy to relate to both in and out of the office.’

‘A really good boutique firm which provides a one stop shop for all of their clients.’

Key clients

Agnes B UK Limited

All Things Greek Limited

ASK Italian Restaurants Limited

Bayley & Sage Limited

BDL Restaurants Limited (Bocca di Lupo, Plaquemine Lock)

Black Goo Ltd

Club Mexicana Limited

Chalk Restaurants Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Dishoom Limited

Donald Byford & Sons Limited

Everyman Media Limited

Fatto A Mano Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Frontier Pubs Limited

Giuseppe Zanotti UK Ltd

Hache Burger Connoisseurs Limited

Hop Vietnamese Limited

Jack Wolfskin Ltd

McMullen and Sons Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited (Nando’s)

Noble Rot Limited

Neds Noodle Box (Holdings) Limited

Oaxaca Restaurants Limited

Perilla Dining Limited

Pizza Express Restaurants Limited

Prezzo Trading Limited

The Vurger Co Ltd

Wagamama Limited

ZLC London Limited (The Palomar and The Barbary)

Zandi Enterprises Limited (Zuaya)

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Zizzi Restaurants Limited and ASK Italian Restaurants Limited on the acquisition of 184 restaurants following the pre-pack Administration of Azzurri Restaurants Limited to include dealing with the assignments themselves and associated rent concession assignments for every site following on from the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • Acting for Prezzo Trading Limited on the acquisition of approximately 130 restaurants following the pre-pack administration of Prezzo Limited to include dealing with the lease assignments and associated rent concession arrangements for every site following on from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Wagamama Limited on its acquisition of four delivery kitchens, as well as continuing to advise the company on all estate management work extending this year to consensual negotiations of Covid-19 related rent concession arrangements with the company’s major landlords.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Boutique property law practice Glovers Solicitors LLP has an outstanding record advising restaurant clients, as well as pub companies, cinema groups and grab-and-go operators. Key areas of work include supporting clients on day-to-day operational matters and on growth through acquisitions. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the practice has been advising on rent concession agreements, property work following on from corporate restructuring, and providing litigation support. Practice head Philip Shotter acts for a wide roster of restaurant clients, ranging from large operators to independents and developing independent chains.

Practice head(s):

Philip Shotter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jagger

Testimonials

‘Dealing with Glovers has been an absolute pleasure.’

‘Total industry knowledge and experience – able to draw on past deals that can really improve the nature of the work being done.’

‘All very straightforward and pragmatic. Clear thinkers and give solid advice.’

‘A really good boutique firm that caters for everything that new and existing premises would need.’

‘Glovers provides us with a brilliant and personal approach. They are extremely flexible, good value, very diligent and 100% committed to protecting our business.’

‘Philip Shotter and Paul Jagger are outstanding. Both have a really good and sound knowledge of these area and are very up to date and client friendly.’

Key clients

All Things Greek Limited

ASK Italian Restaurants Limited

BDL Restaurants Limited (Bocca di Lupo, Plaquemine Lock)

Black Goo Ltd

Club Mexicana Limited

Chalk Restaurants Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Dishoom Limited

Everyman Media Limited

Fatto A Mano Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Frontier Pubs Limited

Good Egg

Hache Burger Connoisseurs Limited

Hop Vietnamese Limited

McMullen and Sons Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited (Nando’s)

Noble Rot Limited

Neds Noodle Box (Holdings) Limited

Oaxaca Limited

Perilla Dining Limited

Pizza Express Restaurants Limited

Prezzo Trading Limited

The Vurger Co Ltd

Wagamama Limited

Zambrero UK Holdings Limited

Zandi Enterprises Limited (Zuaya and Como Garden)

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

ZLC London Limited (The Palomar and The Barbary)

Work highlights

  • Actied for Zizzi Restaurants Limited and ASK Italian Restaurants Limited on the acquisition of 184 restaurants following the pre-pack Administration of Azzurri Restaurants Limited.
  • Aced for Prezzo Trading Limited on the acquisition of approximately 130 restaurants following the pre-pack Administration of Prezzo Limited to include dealing with the lease assignments and associated rent concession arrangements for every site following on from the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Acting for Wagamama Limited on its acquisition of four delivery kitchens as well as continuing to advise the company on all estate management work extending this year to consensual negotiations of Covid-19 related rent concession arrangements with the company’s ‘major’ landlords.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Glovers Solicitors LLP is a specialist property law firm and best known for its hospitality and leisure sector expertise, which is regularly sought out by restaurants in a cross-section of matters arising from their real estate portfolios. This includes lease renewals and break notices, dilapidation claims, boundary and covenant disputes, forfeitures, neighbourly issues and tenant insolvency. Handling insolvency-related work is an area of particular expertise for team head Edward Vaughan, which also leads to regular instructions from banks and insolvency practitioners. Expertise in development and redevelopment-related matters and residential leasehold enfranchisement rounds off this offering.

Practice head(s):

Edward Vaughan

Other key lawyers:

Kenny Friday

Testimonials

Glovers provides an excellent, client-oriented service, which is attentive and adaptable to the client’s needs and requirements.

Skilled in their areas of expertise and provide sound and reliable advice.

‘The team have the necessary expertise, are receptive to the client’s approach, and provide strategic, practical and sound legal advice.

Edward Vaughan is highly experienced, knows the law back to front, and is excellent with clients and very commercially focused.

Kenny Friday is a superb lawyer with commercial nous and is excellent with clients.

You can always speak directly to a senior partner. Their knowledge in the restaurant market is vast.

Glovers’ litigation team provides us with excellent commercial advice. Their pragmatic approach is valued.

Kenny Friday is hugely supportive and his advice on complex issues is delivered with clarity and with due regard for the impact on the client’s business.

Key clients

Azzurri Restaurants Limited (ASK, Zizzi, Coco di Mama)

Prezzo Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Limited

Wagamama Limited

Richoux Group Limited

McMullen & Sons Limited

Everyman Media Limited

Investec Bank Plc

United Trust Bank Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Close Brothers Limited

Strata Residential Finance plc

Activtrades Plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as principal property litigation advisers to Azzurri Restaurants (ASK and Zizzi), Prezzo, Nando’s, GBK and Wagamama across a diverse range of property matters affecting their extensive estate portfolios, particularly property issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic and protection from enforcement actions by landlords for non-payment of rent.
  • Acting as property litigation advisers to Investec, Close Brothers, Hampshire Trust Bank, United Trust Bank and various insolvency practitioners concerning different property-related matters, including the enforcement of mortgages and other security, professional negligence disputes and insolvency options.
  • Acted for a restaurant client in the defence of forfeiture proceedings brought against it by a landlord for various alleged breaches of covenant.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Glovers Solicitors LLP predominantly acts for lenders on development finance and investment loans for residential and commercial property. Darran Smith leads the practice, with expertise in secured lending, development mandates and residential acquisitions. Liza Lam-Kee and Philip Mundy are also key members of the real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):

Darran Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have built a strong rapport with their clients, respond promptly, and all case loads are overseen by a partner, regardless of the complexities. The team is very diverse and all employees (from trainee up to partner level) are very approachable. Glovers also have an agreed fee scale with us which allows us to quote fee amounts to clients with a level of certainty. To date, fees for works have never gone above the agreed fee scale.’

‘The property team at Glovers are very experienced and knowledgeable, so I am confident in the quality of the advice that they provide. The team are approachable and efficient and I regularly receive positive feedback from my client base with regard to their attentiveness and professionalism.’

‘Glovers provides excellent execution and delivers on time. During the pandemic they have continued to support us with a number of new deals.’

‘The team is extremely well versed in all aspects of secured lending property transactions. Service levels are high and the response times and overall efficiency on transactions is exceptional.’

‘Glovers have an experienced team, who are able to understand our requirements and assist us with making commercial judgements.’

‘Liza Lam-Kee is our key contact at the firm and handles the majority of our transactions. Liza is organised and diligent and leaves no stone unturned in making sure that the security we have asked her to put in place is robust and all key aspect of the transaction have been thoroughly examined.’

‘Philip Mundy is always professional and goes the extra mile.’

‘People such as Liza Lam-Kee and Darran Smith are always willing to help, even on cases that have not been sent to them direct.’

Key clients

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

Commercial Acceptances Limited

Close Brothers Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Heritable Development Finance Limited

Investec Bank plc

Royal Bank of Canada Trustees Limited

Strata Residential Finance plc

United Trust Bank Limited

Lendinvest Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Hilltop Credit Partners Limited

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Shawbrook Bank Limited on three separate loans with an aggregate loan value of £18m to the Mizen Group to fund the acquisition and development of three new residential and mixed-use sites in Greater London.
  • Acted for Hilltop Credit Partners in setting up its banking documents and assisting on its first development loan of circa £2m in relation to a 16-unit development at Prospect House, Hexham.
  • Advised United Trust Bank Limited in connection with a £4m development loan to James Taylor Homes as part of a joint venture with Housing Growth Partnership, a social impact investor backed by Lloyds Bank and Homes England.

Glovers Solicitors is a leading firm of solicitors based in Central London known for specialising in property and employment.

The firm: Glovers Solicitors has a practical and approachable style which is both commercially aware and cost-effective. The firm’s personal partner-led service comes with detailed knowledge of each of the sectors the firm specialises in, as detailed below.

Types of work undertaken
Financial institutions: Glovers has an excellent reputation for working with banks and financial institutions. The firm’s clients include many lenders in the sector, who take advantage of the broad range of services that the firm provides. The firm’s services, such as finance, banking and finance litigation and professional negligence, cover a broad spectrum of the areas of advice that are essential for the sector.

Real estate: the firm has long-standing client relationships and works as active legal and commercial partners. Glovers’ real estate sector clients rely on the firm’s full range of highly ranked services from solicitors specialising in commercial property, corporate, employment, finance, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution, professional negligence, property litigation and residential property matters.

Restaurants: Glovers offers a ‘one-stop’ service for restaurant owners and operators, whether they are exclusive ‘high-end’ restaurants, nationwide casual dining concepts, or start-ups. The firm has an unrivalled client base, which includes a number of the top restaurant companies in the country by size, a number of critically acclaimed destination restaurants and some of the most exciting emerging concepts. Glovers is able to assist clients with all of their property law requirements; to arrange the requisite licensing; to advise on general employment and business issues and to act in connection with the resolution of any disputes (property, general commercial, employment or construction). The firm’s expertise enables it to address and fulfil the needs of any restaurant, café, delicatessen or other food-based operation.

Construction: the firm is experienced in the handling of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Cases are typically multi-party actions that can involve claims for defects, extensions of time for payment as well as claims concerning the performance of construction professionals. The firm has been at the forefront of the development of the law in adjudication.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Consultant Edward Vaughanevaughan@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Head of Property Finance Darran Smithdsmith@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Senior Partner and Head of Construction Philip Eyrepeyre@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Real Estate Andrew Nicklinsonanicklinson@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Real Estate Philip Shotterpshotter@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Property Finance Philip Mundypmundy@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Property Finance Liza Lam-Keellam-kee@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Property Litigation Kenny Fridaykfriday@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Real Estate Paul Jaggerpjagger@glovers.co.uk020 79358882
Property Litigation Paul Denchpdench@glovers.co.uk020 3075 1676
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Philip Eyre photo Philip EyrePartner and head of department dealing with contentious and non-contentious construction law…
Kenny Friday photo Kenny FridayPartner in litigation and dispute resolution department. Deals with banking litigation (including…
Paul Jagger photoMr Paul JaggerPartner dealing with general commercial property work with particular emphasis on landlord…
Liza Lam-Kee photo Liza Lam-KeeSpecialises in property finance, acting primarily for lenders.
John Mills photo John MillsA partner in the property finance department dealing with property finance and…
Philip Mundy photo Philip MundyPartner in the commercial property department. Specialises in development finance lending transactions,…
Andrew Nicklinson photo Andrew NicklinsonPartner dealing with development agreements (offices, industrial, retail and leisure, residential); property…
Philip Andrew Shotter photo Philip Andrew ShotterGeneral commercial property work with particular emphasis on landlord and tenant work…
Darran Smith photo Darran SmithPartner in the Property Finance team (acting for several banks) and the…
Edward Vaughan photo Edward VaughanJoint senior partner and head of  banking and property litigation departments; deals…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10
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