About Leo Skinner

Leo has acted for many years on large acquisition and disposal programmes for major pub, restaurant, bar, late night venue, and hotel operators, heading up the leisure team since 2002. As a result, he has many connections within the industry and is able to provide introductions to leisure operators, licensed/leisure property agents and site finders.

Food to Go – are your allergen labels ready for October 2021?

By |2021-06-29T18:16:55+01:00May 10th, 2021|

Since the start of the pandemic pubs and restaurants have been offering pre-packed and takeaway food in far greater quantities than ever before. Many will continue to do so long after Covid restrictions are lifted. This is a new and important income stream for many.  However, it is important to recognise the different labelling restrictions [...]

Wrongful trading provisions no longer suspended

By |2020-10-12T09:46:25+01:00October 6th, 2020|

Coronavirus Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 - provisions extended On 29 September 2020 the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 (“The Regulations”) came into force across the UK, extending many of the temporary provisions put in place by The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020. Whilst some [...]

Eat Out to Help Out scheme starts today!

By |2020-08-03T16:16:57+01:00August 3rd, 2020|

The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme starts today and runs throughout August.  This is a welcome boost for the hospitality sector so badly hit by the lockdown. There remains a very real concern that customer confidence is still low and that diners are not planning to venture out to eat for some time [...]

Safe re-opening of hotels – Guidance published

By |2020-07-14T12:25:40+01:00July 14th, 2020|

Re-opening of accommodation In a piece of good news for hotels, pubs and inns the Government announced that accommodation providers could open again from 4 July. Accommodation covered also includes B&Bs, caravan parks, yurts and chalets. Government guidance The Guidance covers each type of accommodation in detail (hotels, hostels, B&Bs, self-catering etc) and covers shared [...]

Rent Negotiations – Hospitality sector endorses Code of Practice

By |2020-06-24T13:10:24+01:00June 24th, 2020|

The Government has published its Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist discussions between landlord and tenants over rental payments. The Code is voluntary and does not override UK property law. However, UKHospitality and the BBPA are among the organisations who have endorsed the Code of Practice and have committed [...]

Insolvency: FAQs

By |2020-07-21T11:01:59+01:00May 29th, 2020|

Last Updated: 29th May The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has been felt acutely in the hospitality and leisure sectors with outlets being the first to be closed and looking likely to be the last to reopen.  Many businesses will have had no income since 20 March.  The impact is being felt both in terms [...]

Insolvency Bill to relieve burden on businesses

By |2020-05-26T15:15:51+01:00May 26th, 2020|

Since Covid-19 led some tenants to withhold the March quarter we have been advising both landlords and tenants on the way forward.  We have been busy with statutory demands which seek to enforce payment of rent and also advising on applications for winding-up petitions.  Towards the end of April the Government announced that it would [...]