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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

Boutique property firm Glovers Solicitors LLP’s commercial property practice is known for its focus on the high-end food and luxury fashion markets and is described as 'the go-to firm for independent and restaurant chain operators in the hospitality industry'. The firm continues to guide clients through the repercussions of Covid-19, whilst acting on a growing number of acquisitions for restaurants, grab and go, cinemas, pubs and bars, retail, and gyms under the expertise of practice head Philip Shotter. Shotter is praised for his ‘great depth of legal knowledge’, while the ‘very legally astutePaul Jagger is instrumental to the team in the launch of new restaurant brands in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Philip Shotter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has become the ‘go to’ firm for independent and restaurant chain operators in the hospitality industry. Clients love the individuals, partner-led engagement and commercial advice based on hospitality industry specific experience and knowledge. They are a pleasure deal with for clients and solicitors alike.’

‘Paul Jagger and Philip Shotter are extremely popular with clients for their high levels of service and knowledge of the hospitality sector. No other property solicitor has more hospitality and premises licensing expertise as Paul Jagger. He is exceptional.’

‘Glovers are experts in property work in the hospitality space. Their team have worked with us for a number of years on many complex property matters. They have a tight nit team and offer invaluable advice and insight. They are responsive, commercial and have delivered for us over the last few years.’

‘Philip Shotter has great depth of legal knowledge, is able to explain technical legal issues in easy to understand language and is able to work ways through complicated legal matters. Highly commercial, responsive and is able to cut through the issues to deliver.

‘Paul Jagger is very legally astute, has a lot of legal experience in the sector and delivers results. Is also able to explain technical legal points in easy to understand language. He is commercially minded and able to deliver results.’

Key clients

Agnes B UK Limited

All Things Greek Limited

ASK Italian Restaurants Limited

Aqua Restaurant Group

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

Doma Hospitality Group

Donald Byford & Sons Limited

Emerald Hospitality Group

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

Hybrid Fitness Franchise Limited

Jack Wolfskin Ltd

McMullen and Sons Limited

Miscusi UK 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

State of Play Hospitality Group

The Adventure Bar Group

The London Cocktail Club 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 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 pandemic
  • Acting for Wagamama Limited on its acquisition of three delivery kitchens in Huddersfield, Preston and Sutton and four new restaurants in Braintree, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea and Ashton as well as continuing to advise the company on all estate management work extending to consensual negotiations of Covid-19 related rent concession arrangements with the company’s landlords.
  • Acting for Bounce Battersea Limited / State of Play Hospitality Limited trading under its ‘Bounce’ social table tennis experimental concept on the exchange of an agreement for lease at Phase 2, Battersea Power Station.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

The 'superb boutique practice' at Glovers Solicitors LLP offers clients specialist expertise in property law, litigation and licensing. Philip Shotter has over 22 years' experience in the sector and is focused on advising hospitality and leisure clients. Disputes partner Paul Dench joined the practice from Field Seymour Parkes LLP in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Shotter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jagger

Testimonials

They have a deep understanding of the sector as well as a deep commercial understanding of what’s important to protect their clients.’

‘They provide great quality, communication and advice.’

‘Philip Shotter is available and reacts very quickly to all queries/questions and requests from the other side which ultimately leads to quick and successful deals.’

‘Paul Jagger and Philip Shotter are both outstanding. They have vast licensing experience and are always approachable. Both return calls speedily and are super efficient and practical.’

‘A superb boutique practice that offers a one stop shop for those in the licensed trade. They not only have extensive expertise in licensing law, but also deal with planning and conveyancing.’

‘They have vast licensing experience and are always approachable. They return calls speedily and are super efficient and practical.’

‘Paul Jagger and Philip Shotter provide exceptional advice that demonstrates a keen appreciation for the hospitality sector. They do so with calm authority that – when combined with an outstanding technical understanding of the law – affords their clients a high degree of comfort and assurance. They are able to work at speed and are supported by a very capable team who convey similar characteristics.’

Key clients

All Things Greek Limited

ASK Italian Restaurants Limited

Aqua Restaurant Group

BDL Restaurants Limited (Bocca di Lupo, Plaquemine Lock)

Black Goo Ltd

Club Mexicana Limited

Chalk Restaurants Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Dishoom Limited

Doma Hospitality Group

Emerald Hospitality Group

Everyman Media Limited

Fatto A Mano Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Frontier Pubs Limited

Hache Burger Connoisseurs Limited

Hop Vietnamese Limited

Hybrid Fitness Franchise Limited

McMullen and Sons Limited

Miscusi UK 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

State of Play Hospitality Group

Superbowl UK Group

The Adventure Bar Group

The London Cocktail Club Limited

The Vurger Co Ltd

Wagamama Limited

ZLC London Limited (The Palomar and The Barbary)

Zandi Enterprises Limited (Zuaya)

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted 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.
  • Acted for Wagamama Limited on its acquisition of three delivery kitchens in Huddersfield, Preston and Sutton and four new restaurants in Braintree, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea and Ashton.
  • Acted for Bounce Battersea Limited / State of Play Hospitality Limited trading under its ‘Bounce’ social table tennis experimental concept on the exchange of an agreement for lease at Phase 2 Battersea Power Station.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Property specialist firm Glovers Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in matters concerning property finance and insolvency. Its clients include leading lenders such as Investec Bank, Close Brothers and United Trust Bank. In addition, the team is well versed in advising dining, hospitality and leisure clients. Kenny Friday has extensive experience in professional negligence, insolvency and commercial litigation matters. He, alongside Paul Dench lead the practice. Dench joined the practice in September 2021 from Field Seymour Parkes LLP. He advises clients on forfeiture, lease renewal and boundary issues.

Practice head(s):

Kenny Friday; Paul Dench

Testimonials

‘Good understanding and very speedy responses.’

‘Kenny Friday is always available at short notice to provide detailed advice as needed.’

‘Very experienced and excellent sector knowledge, in particular restaurants and mortgage work.’

‘Kenny Friday is excellent. Tactically astute. Legally excellent. Provides a superb service to the clients.’

‘Immense experience working for both commercial landlord and commercial tenants. The quality of the clients is a testament to the practice.’

‘Paul Dench is extremely affable, and well liked by his clients, but is equally able to trade blows with the other side when he needs to. Always calm and collected. Never puts a foot wrong. Huge experience.’

‘Glovers specialise in property law. As a relatively small firm, the team works effectively together to deal with all aspects of property law on both the contentious and non-contentious sides.’

‘Paul Dench takes a sensible and commercial approach to litigation and always tries to find a sensible solution for his clients in order to avoid court attendances wherever possible.’

Key clients

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

Coco di Mama Limited

Prezzo Trading Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited

Wagamama Limited

McMullen & Sons Limited

Everyman Media Limited

Oaxaca Limited (t/a Wahaca)

Dishoom Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Bayley & Sage Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Italian Bear Chocolate Limited

Miscusi UK Limited

Investec Bank Plc

United Trust Bank Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Close Brothers Limited

Strata Residential Finance plc

ActivTrades Plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as principal property litigation advisers to Azzurri Restaurants, Prezzo, Nando’s, GBK and Wagamama across a diverse range of property matters affecting their extensive estate portfolios.
  • Acted 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 restaurant client in recovering possession of its new restaurant premises from trespassers within a matter of days of the unlawful occupation.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Glovers Solicitors LLP‘s property finance group predominantly acts for lenders on residential development finance mandates, as well as restructurings and disposals. Darran Smith is head of the practice, acting for banks on a range of matters, whilst John Mills advises clients on funding residential and mixed-use UK developments. Liza Lam-Kee and Philip Mundy are also notable this area.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The property banking team at Glovers are outstanding in all regards – expertise; experience; service; speed; value for money – and they are extremely nice people to deal with as well.’

‘This is a superbly managed and very expert property team. The partners and associates are all are very responsive and helpful. They generally stick closely to their initial fee quote and communicate regularly if their cost undertaking prove insufficient’

‘Glovers’ whole team approach means all matters are approached and advised on in a cohesive and collaborative way and we always have faith that every team member has the required knowledge and resources to resolve any point that may arise. 

‘The individuals are not only highly experienced and diligent – they are also incredibly easy to get on with. A good relationship with both clients and professionals is what sets good and great lawyers apart. A particular mention is needed for Darran Smith who has been exceptional since we have worked with him.’

‘The Glovers team are always proactive in managing any risks identified, and are able to understand how these can be mitigated and provide recommendations. They are also very accessible and receptive and nothing seems to much of a problem.’

‘Philip Mundy is efficient, professional, knowledgeable, approachable, personable and overall, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Liza Lam-Kee has extensive experience in property matters and a clear comprehension of the key areas to focus on in any given deal.’

‘Darran Smith and Liza Lam-Kee are both great to work with – highly professional, knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable, and always available to discuss a particular issue. Quick response times to emails and calls returned promptly when initially unavailable.’

Key clients

Commercial Acceptances Limited

Close Brothers Limited

Davon Investments 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

Investec Bank

Paragon Bank Plc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a bank in the development finance industry for a £14m development loan in a prime Mayfair residential development of 10 flats involving issues including rights of light, access and construction methods.

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…
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 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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