Hotels & Hospitality

The hospitality industry is huge and only continues to grow. Managing risk and reputation in this sector is the key to success. This means not only negotiating the right commercial deal at the outset but also managing, among other things, food hygiene, security, personal injury, intellectual property and privacy issues. GLS lawyers understand the difficulties and anxieties that clients in the hospitality industry face. Above all, we know the most effective ways to resolve problems calmly and efficiently without over-complicating the issue.

Our lawyers understand client needs within this sector and bring extensive knowledge to the table enabling GLS Law to be proactive, commercially-minded and to deliver cutting-edge advice. Members of our team have been employed directly in the hospitality sector with some of our lawyers having previously worked in-house for hotel owners, operators and developers thereby enabling us to deliver specialist sector knowledge to any transaction. GLS Law has acted on behalf of F&B operators, hotel, marina and sports facility developers, operators and owners as well as landlords and tenants.


  • Hotel, Marina and Sporting Concessions
  • Hotel Management Agreements
  • Technical Services Agreements
  • Food and Beverage Outlets
  • Franchise Arrangements
  • Outsourcing


  • Licensing
  • Restructuring
  • Anti-trust Issues
  • Sale and Leaseback
  • Managed Apartments
  • Intellectual Property and Brand Management


  • Templates
  • Play Books
  • Employment Contracts
  • NDAs
  • MOUs and LOIs
  • Hospitality Policies and Procedures

Simon Bryan

Managing Director / Partner - GLS Law Firm

UAE / Singapore

+971 (0)4 333 1002

Daniela De Bellis

Founding Partner


+39 0669941510

Laura Hecht



+971 4 409 6707

Indicative Experience

MENA: Managed court cases in the GCC countries regarding the infringement of the brands of international chains of hotels, restaurants and clubs, liaised with local counsel on litigating such cases and advised the clients on the legal strategies to be pursued.

UAE: Advising in respect of the leasing and operation of “The Galleria at Sowwah Square” a 33,000 sq metre high-end retail and dining concept.

UAE: Advising twofour54 on the initial stages of a significant mixed-use city centre development including title transfer and investment structuring.

UAE: Advising an Abu Dhabi master developer on a bespoke titling system, title registration and standard form disposal / occupational documentation.

UK: Advising a Jersey based shopping centre Trust in the £65 million disposition of a retail centre in Scotland.

Global: Advising Raffles Hotels on the international transfer of personal data and various data protection issues associated with customer loyalty schemes.

UAE: Negotiated 3 hotel and 1 marina concessions and all ancillary documents for hotels and marinas throughout Dubai on behalf of Dubai Properties.

Australia: Represented a resort brand on new and existing operator agreements, strata laws, off-plan sales, leasing, disputes, real estate and operational issues.

UAE: Advised a large Turkish company on their entry into the UAE market with several food and beverage brands, including liquor licensing issues.

New Zealand: Acted for the development of a mixed-use facility that included 2 hotel brands, residential, commercial and retail space, and corporate structuring.