Sonia Tillison

Having trained in the City of London I moved to a niche practice specialising in drinks, hospitality and leisure acting for renowned licensed operators. More latterly, I diversified to Head of Property for a FTSE 250 leisure business, performing a hybrid role of Estates Director and Property Counsel.

From managing the mixed tenure estate with a value of approximately £120 million I have an in-depth knowledge of the commercial and legal challenges faced by the hospitality and leisure industry.

Key specialisms include:
  • Portfolio acquisitions and disposals (including business sales of licensed property)
  • Estate management
  • Landlord and tenant including lease negotiations and re-gears

Recent examples of how we have helped our clients include:

  • Negotiating lease re-gears with institutional investors including the co-ordination of rent reduction projects.
  • Management of lease assignment projects as part of numerous intercompany restructures.
  • Promoting good estate management by preparing full title summaries and where relevant full lease summaries.
  • Portfolio acquisition of 365 public houses.
  • Portfolio disposal of 300 public houses to international investors and developers.
  • Preparation of a property based data room to facilitate the de-listing of a Plc
  • Managing the property aspect for the Prospectus and completion of a £36 million fund raising from shareholders by way of a share placing.

BPP Law School
University of Surrey – BA (Hons) Classics


I enjoy hosting dinner parties, upcycling furniture and spending quality time with my husband and two children.