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Our industry specialist hotels disputes lawyers are here to help you navigate, manage and avoid disputes.

We offer: 

  • International expertise with a local presence. With experts in over 40 countries, we are there wherever you need us. 
  • Unrivalled depth and breadth of sector knowledge. CMS is the only firm ranked #1 for Hotels & Leisure in Chambers 2022 and we have been top ranked for over a decade. With over 900 dispute resolution specialists, we are equipped with the depth and breadth of knowledge which enables us to handle the most complex disputes in this sector. 
  • Industry leaders with proven experience. Our industry leaders will understand your business goals, allowing them to provide the highest quality of tailored advice.  

Related experience

  • The owner of a 5* hotel in London on the termination of the HMA and conversion to an own branded hotel.
  • The owner of a Parisian hotel on the post-COVID termination of a franchise agreement and the calculation of the termination fee payable to allow the hotel to be refurbished and rebranded ahead of the Paris Olympics.
  • The owner of a 5* Venetian hotel regarding its ability to terminate the HMA due to the poor financial performance of the hotel.
  • The owner of a Parisian hotel in relation to the operator’s failure to meet certain performance thresholds and attempt to renegotiate the competitive set.
  • The owner of a 5* Moroccan hotel in an LCIA arbitration concerning the disputed termination of the hotel management by the previous US operator of the hotel, involving allegations of fraud.
  • The operator of a luxury golfing resort in High Court proceedings and a subsequent LCIA arbitration over a disputed termination of a management agreement for loss of trust and confidence.  The case involved securing two injunctions and an expedited LCIA arbitration.
  • The owner of a 5* London hotel in connection with the termination of a hotel management agreement operated by a US hospitality company and an expert determination regarding the fees charged to the owner.
  • The owner of a luxury hotel in Dubai on terminating its hotel management agreement with one of the world's largest hotel companies.
  • The owner in relation to claims in connection with its flagship 5* European hotel, operated by a US multinational operator, and substantial renegotiation of its portfolio of European HMAs and franchise agreements.
  • An operator with regards to a claim brought against them alleging several breaches of a hotel management agreement relating to a hotel located in Saudi Arabia.

"The team project manage difficult projects well and drill down to the key issues to be addressed. Where any uncertainty exists, they seek clarity to ensure that the client has a clear understanding of the relevant issue."

Legal 500, 2024
Highlights of our experience in Hotels
Accor - On the disposal of 16 Mövenpick hotels in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, on increasing the shareholding in 25hours Hotels and on the management agreements for a portfolio of six hotels...


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