Pubs, Breweries & RestaurantsWe're on your side.

Else Solicitors is proud of its expertise and long-standing relationships with clients in the licensed and hospitality sector.

The firm acts for major UK brewing companies and pub companies as well as SMEs and individuals in the sector.

These connections leave us ideally placed to provide specialist advice and expert guidance on trade issues such as:

  • Sales and purchases.
  • Finance.
  • Employment law.
  • Licensing.
  • Statutory regulations.
  • All property-related issues.
  • Disputes and debt recovery.

We are recognised as professionals who understand pub companies and the brewery trade and who can provide realistic and practical advice whatever the issues or difficulties.

We believe in forging long-term partnerships with our clients and continue to offer ongoing support and advice to many companies and individuals within the licensed trade as their businesses grow and develop.

How we can help

If you are looking to buy a freehold, leasehold or tenanted pub we can act for you and help you understand your legal obligations to be appropriately licensed for the hours you are open and serving, for entertainment and for health and safety including regulations concerned with the preparation and serving of food.

In cases such as an escalating dispute, or an issue with debts, we always keep a focus on the commercial objectives. We will make sure you always understand the risks and implications of alternative courses of action and help you choose the option that achieves the outcome you desire, while keeping a close eye on both time-scales and costs.

Our advice will always be focused on achieving the best outcome for you – whether that is through mediation, an out-of-court settlement or litigation.

Business Contracts & Agreements

Within the pub company and brewery sector there is a growing need for highly skilled legal advice in the area of contracts and commercial trading agreements.
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Debt Recovery & Dispute Resolution

At Else Solicitors we operate a highly-specialised debt recovery service run by an experienced team that manages the process from first instruction through to the final outcome.
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Tenancy Agreement, Commercial Lease Agreement, & Sublets

At Else Solicitors we can act for landlords and tenants when it comes to agreeing tenancies, sub-letting and lease renewals.
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Employment Law

The ever-changing world of employment law is challenging for all businesses. The licensed and hospitality trade is no exception.
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Chris is the founding Partner of Else Solicitors and has over 25 years’ experience as a commercial solicitor dealing mainly with commercial disputes. He is also an accredited Mediator.

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Chris Else

Managing Partner

Laura joined Else Solicitors as a Litigation Executive in February 2014 after gaining several years of expertise in debt recovery as a Paralegal with a National Law Firm.

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Laura Charles


Steve joined Else after spending over 20 years in law practices in Worcestershire and the West Midlands specialising in dispute resolution particularly High Court litigation.

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Stephen Stewart

Dispute Resolution Solicitor

How can we help?

Get in touch.

At Else, we pride ourselves on having experience in dealing with a wide range of specialist services.

Our team always strive to find the most practical, timely, and cost-effective solution for our clients.

We will use the full range of options available to us; from mediation and negotiation to court action at whatever level is appropriate.

To speak to one of our trusted professionals contact us on 01283 526200. Alternatively, you can send us a message and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.