Leisure & Hospitality

DWD work for a wide range of restaurant and hotel operators across the UK providing property and planning advice and minimising business rates liability.

Property advice

The team works closely with leisure and hospitality clients wishing to re-locate or add to their existing portfolio as well as new entrants to the London market from overseas.

Using experience across the team, our planning and rating experts collaborate with our building surveying and project management contacts allowing us to offer clients a complete “one stop” re-location package. This encompasses agreement of the terms of a lease, pre-acquisition building survey, planning advice (on use, signage and alterations) and fit out.

Business rates

The team work with a number of restaurant and leisure providers to mitigate business rate liabilities. We work with clients to exploit empty property exemptions and the effective date regulations. Where construction activity is involved in preparing a new site we work with clients to remove the empty rate liability completely for many months or even years.

The team has experience of managing each stage of the property’s lifetime, whether it is restacking, reconfiguration, subletting or relocation projects. Each of these events provides an opportunity to reduce the business rates overhead. Similarly, at the end of the property’s life the empty property’s rate liability we advice on different strategies dependent on the circumstances and whether the property will be held empty for a short or long term. Exemptions in excess of the statutory minimums are often achievable as are exemptions to reflect the phased vacation of space.

We advice on restaurant property exemptions at the beginning, end and midlife refurbishment of assets. Where closed sites are vacant for an extended period prior to relinquishing the lease we advice on how to mitigate the rate liability. Similarly, we work with hotel owners to exploit discretionary reliefs during refurbishment programmes to yield significant savings for clients.


We advise clients on leisure and hospitality projects, from scheme feasibility, and technical compliance through to the provision of scheme viability. We work with design professionals and frequently project manage planning submissions at the pre-application and application stages coordinating sustainability, transportation, heritage and environmental technical supporting submissions.

We are adept at putting together robust, thought through applications and navigating them through the planning process, engaging with stakeholders and establishing cooperative relationships with strategic and local planning authorities.

Leisure & Hospitality

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Alan Vickery

Director & Head of Business Rates

020 7489 4831

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Andrew Deller

Director - Planning

020 7332 2105

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Andrew Meech

Director - Business Rates

020 7489 4839

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Barry Murphy

Director - Planning

020 7332 2116

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Emma Penson

Director - Planning & Valuation

020 7332 2115

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Clare Bambury


0207 489 4896

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.

Latest Experiences

Rating Appeal for Prezzo

DWD are instructed to manage and appeal the business rate liability for Prezzo Restaurants across the UK. 


DWD Business Rates Payment Service for Prezzo

Prezzo were looking for opportunities to free up head office resources and reduce overhead.


Chipotle’s Rates Managed

Chipotle as based in Denver Colorado. DWD are instructed by Chipotle across a range of services, including business rate appeals, rent reviews and BID Levy management services.


Pizza Hut, Hemel Hempstead

DWD are instructed by Pizza Hut on business rates matters. Leisure World is an out of town leisure complex and retail park in Hemel Hempstead. We believed the price applied to the Pizza Hut restaurant in the 2010 List was too high. We lodged an appeal and achieved a reduction from £308 to £265 per sq m.