Legal support for hotels
Holding Redlich is QHA corporate partner, and a full service commercial law firm operating in Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. Our Queensland presence in both our Brisbane and Cairns offices (in each case, amongst the largest law firms in those cities) places us in a great position to assist the Hotels all across in Queensland.
We have extensive experience in acting for QHA members in the purchase and sale of Hotels and a broad range of advisory matters. We have a good relationship with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and other relevant bodies.
The Hotel industry is amongst the hardest hit by the restrictions that each tier of government has imposed as response to the COVID19 crisis. We have put together a Resource Centre to assist in navigating the wide range of legal issues during this uncertainty – Please visit www.holdingredlich.com/knowledge-covid-19 for further details.
One area that is evolving daily is protections to be afforded to tenants of commercial leases. This will include QHA members who occupy their premises under a lease, and who meet the eligibility criteria for relief to apply. Details of the National Cabinet’s “Code of Conduct’ for commercial leasing can be found in our Resource Centre. While the Code has not yet been enacted as law in Queensland, to facilitate its implementation, the Queensland Government has passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, which allows for Regulations to be made to deal with a wide range of leasing matters. When Regulations are passed, they will likely have retrospective effect although the precise date of effect is currently unknown. Given that many Hotels (and other businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors) have been forced to close their doors completely, we consider that those businesses will have a very strong position to seek relief (including rental waiver and deferral) under the Code of Conduct and the Regulations (when passed). We encourage any QHA members who are tenants to contact us to assist in finalising and documenting any negotiations with their landlords.
We wish all QHA members the best during this difficult time. For any legal assistance in navigating your businesses through the current environment, please contact in the first instance:
For information regarding the legal services we offer, please visit www.holdingredlich.com
Robert Lyons and Darren Anderson