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Eric Gummers

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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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 well regarded team, which acts for national and international clients, is led by Robert Lands, who has a specialism in agreements involving the technology, fashion and creative (including film and TV) industries. Lands' experience includes brand licensing, endorsement agreements and distribution agreements. Eric Gummers is highly active in the hospitality and leisure sector, and is working with Lands to advise Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe Limited) on structuring the sale of its fractional products in Europe. Consultant Jonathan Sellors is another noted practitioner in the group, which also handles a full range of contracts in the sports, technology and real estate sectors.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Anthony Hunt and Ashley Reeback lead the team at Howard Kennedy LLP, which was bolstered by the arrivals of Jonathan Polin from Dentons in June 2017 and Jonathan Cohen from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in October 2017. The team is noted for its expertise in the hotel, restaurant, leisure and retail sectors: highlights in these areas included Hunt acting for Pandora Jewellery UK on the acquisitions of various concept stores from franchise partners; Paul Glassberg advising Yolana and AYU London (companies associated with restaurateur Alan Yau) on their joint venture with an investor to develop and operate a chain of Turkish restaurants; and Eric Gummers acting for Fairview Hotels on the acquisitions of hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Rugby as part of its continued expansion programme. In addition, Gillian White advised the shareholders and management of the Aston Barclay Group on the MBO by Rutland Partners. Michael Harris and legal director Stephanie Brigg are also noted.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Howard Kennedy LLP¬†is ‚Äėan excellent firm for leasing and and property management‚Äô matters and is ‚Äėwidely recognised as a market leader in the retail and hospitality sectors‚Äô. Restaurant sector head Adam Walford¬†is acting for Patty&Bun in relation to its restaurant expansion strategy, while Eric Gummers¬†has experience with corporate real estate mandates in the hotel sector. Department head¬†Julian Hindmarsh¬†also leads the retail group, which handles a range of property issues for luxury retailers such as Pandora, Antler, and new clients Cifonelli and Oliver Peoples. Mark Johnstone¬†heads the development practice, which is especially active in the residential space; Kate Woodgate¬†is acting for a development joint venture in relation to the delivery of several hundred homes as part of a significant development project in London. Charles Maxwell¬†is a contact in the investment team, Denise Condon¬†heads the residential development sales group and Vanessa Laundon¬†is an active senior associate in the department.

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