Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Food and Restaurants

Our experienced lawyers are passionate about food and hospitality and have built up years of experience in the restaurant sector, from coffee shops and restaurants to franchises and multinational food operators.

Led by Partner Simon Ralphs, who has a detailed knowledge of franchise arrangements and focus on the food and restaurant sector, we are well connected in the restaurant space and have the expert knowledge to help you with all aspects of your food or hospitality business.

We can tap into the experience of our colleagues across the firm, including Real Estate, Commercial, Employment, Immigration and Dispute Resolution teams to offer holistic support when you need it. Our services include:

  • Setting up your company and dealing with all aspect of your intended trading structure.
  • Helping you find the right property and then dealing with the property purchase, lease or licence.
  • Dealing with any tech issues, whether it be through an app or any other medium and ensuring any terms and conditions or Intellectual Property rights are properly dealt with and protected.
  • Supporting your food tech start-up to reach its full potential via our associated company, forburyTECH.
  • Explaining the licensing laws and procedures.
  • Assisting with any HR or staffing issues, including specialist immigration advice.
  • Resolving any disputes however they have come about in relation to your business.

"Simon is extremely responsive and made the legal jargon very understandable, I would recommend him for any restaurant acquisition “ Chef Emily Roux, Caractère Restaurant

"Simon Ralphs is noted for being very knowledgeable in the field of restaurant leases" 
Legal 500

“As time is precious while starting a new business, we were looking for a firm that could guide us through the process of opening our first UK restaurant without any hassle. We were lucky to have the opportunity to work with Simon Ralphs, who assisted us from the start. Simon not only helped us achieve the desired outcome; he also took the time to explain every step and answered every single question we had. It is clear that helping food start-up businesses is a real passion of his and we would definitely recommend his services.” Dominic Dumont – Founder, Keuken

“We’ve been very lucky to have Simon work for us on two recent leases and can’t fault his approach. His communication, professionalism and advice has been invaluable."Mathew Carver - Founder, The Cheese Truck, The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese

Are you a food or restaurant entrepreneur? Take a look at our series of useful booklets with lots of top tips on what to look out for before and after opening your first restaurant.

From food van to restaurant: A guide for food entrepreneurs (PDF)

Found the perfect venue? Watch out for hidden costs (PDF)

About to start trading? What are the risks and how to cover them (PDF)

Need to fund your restaurant business? A guide for food entrepreneurs (PDF)

Struggling to increase your covers? A guide for restaurant entrepreneurs (PDF)