Adam Walford > Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Real Estate.


Adam Walford advises household name restaurants and retailers on their real estate occupancy needs, growth strategies and asset management needs. He leads the Investment, Landlord and Tenant team and is head of the Retail & Leisure group.

He is a solicitor specialising in commercial real estate, particularly in acquisition and disposal work for the restaurant and retail sectors.

Adam has an extensive and varied client base, including restaurant owners, occupiers, investors, and developers. He acts for global brands and quoted companies, as well as, household names like Carluccio’s, Pizza Hut, Patty&Bun, and Tortilla.

He also supports some of the most exciting new brands in the sector. This breadth of experience is unusual. He lives and breathes the restaurant business, working closely with the wider sector team to benefit shared clients with a wealth of insight.

Whether a client is buying a chain of 200 outlets, developing a brand new concept, branching out from a first success, or simply reviewing their staff contracts, he aims to be their first port of call.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Commercial property: development

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s real estate practice is known for ‘delivering a responsive and commercially focused service’. Adam Walford leads the team on corporate occupier related matters, with expertise in the retail and restaurant sectors. On the development side, Kate Woodgate co-heads the team alongside Graham Kaye, providing a rounded offering which covers both residential and commercial developments, and mixed-use schemes. David Philips  is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘ when it comes to large, complex development mandates, while Astrid Stanley has ‘excellent industry knowledge‘ on transactions and advising investors, landlords, and occupiers advice on commercial aqcuisitions for lease.

London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s team acts for luxury brands, boutique operators and mid-sized chains as well as international operators. The practice is led by Adam Walford , Anthony Hunt  and Alex Watt. Walford focuses on asset management and acquisitions and disposals owned by leisure entities, particularly restaurants. Hunt is the key corporate real estate expert. Intellectual property specialist Watt joined the practice from Browne Jacobson LLP in May 2021.