How we have helped clients

Our litigation lawyers act for many clients within the leisure sector providing advice on contractual disputes with suppliers and/or customers which can often assist the client's cash flow and the day to day running of their business.

Our clients include a large chain of convenience stores where we have helped by obtaining civil injunctions against individuals who frequented their stores causing disruption and nuisance.  Our client's stores form part of the heart of the community. By obtaining orders banning the individuals from their stores, we assisted our client in adding to their reputation by showing that they took this matter seriously and would not tolerate anti-social behaviour. The injunctions also helped to protect their staff from harassment and fear of violence.

Our corporate lawyers acted for the sellers in connection with the sales of three well-known independent betting chains; two to Coral and one to William Hill.  Each involved a combination of share sales, assets sales and ancillary reorganisations. Partner Catherine MacRae led the transactions, ably supported by a team of corporate and employment lawyers.

We have also advised:

  • on the setting up of "Win a Home" prize competitions in light of the new Gambling Act;
  • Bacardi-Martini Limited for many years on a range of commercial matters, including promotions and sponsorship;
  • on all of the property (and associated corporate) aspects resulting from the Lmulti-million sale of Southampton's Harbour House Casino to Stanley Leisure.

Additional work includes:

  • Successfully defending an underage sale for a national supermarket chain. Full costs were awarded against the local authority which brought the case;
  • Keeping a pub open despite Review Proceedings initiated by local Police;
  • Obtaining new Premises Licences in spite of numerous objections from local residents and campaigns on the internet;
  • Instructions fromLadbrokes to acquire a chain of betting shops including 16 properties, which involved a share acquisition, new leases and assignments forming a portfolio worth £16m.

Meet the team


Caroline Probert
Partner & Head of Commercial Property Team Salisbury
Commercial Property
01722 426961
07917 730 026
Commercial Property