Leo Skinner 2016-10-26T09:48:59+00:00

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Leo Skinner

Leo Skinner | Partner

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Recent deals & projects

  • Recently acted on the real estate side in respect of the restructuring of two national pub companies.
  • Advising leading multiple managed house late night venue and restaurant and pub operators on ongoing leasehold acquisitions.

Leo has also regularly advised on the following:

  • Acquisitions of distressed business assets out of pre-pack administration or sales from Administrators.
  • Acquisition of hotel development sites whether freehold or leasehold (e.g. approximately 25 individual sites over the last 3 years).
  • Disposal or acquisition of tenanted and/or managed pubs, bars, restaurants (both branded and unbranded) and hotels; dealing with all relating issues including the sale and purchase of stock and F&F, employees (including the application of TUPE), VAT (including TOGC considerations), Capital Allowances and warranties.
  • Disposal and Acquisition of Café Bars.
  • Refurbishment and extensions.
  • Property aspects of securitisations/refinancing of managed or tenanted public house estates eg refinancing of 1,000 house estate.
  • Negotiating Section 106 and Section 278 Agreements and other statutory agreements, electricity sub-station leases and deeds of easement relating to servicing.
  • Dealing with relevant aspects of planning and construction law in development/re-development cases.
  • General estate work; licences to assign and for alterations; release of restrictive covenants and advice on general estate management issues.
  • Sale and lease-back and options to take premises in new developments.
  • Rights to light and other impediments to development.
  • Granting tied tenancies for tenanted pub estates.

“Leo has provided legal services to Whitbread for a number of years and continues to support us with an excellent service. Leo builds strong relationships and is highly regarded by the Whitbread team for his ability to close deals”.

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