We know Tourism & Leisure

  • Cliff Savala


We have a strong presence in the Tourism and Leisure industry.

This being primarily due to Cliff’s 25 year experience in advising and acting for large scale global businesses who operate in the tourism and leisure sector.

Cliff’s experience includes providing ongoing and extensive legal advice to one of the world’s largest hotel/resort operators and who operate over 70 resorts worldwide. This includes providing advice as to employment issues, commercial contracts, personal injury claims, insurance issues, environmental issues and industrial prosecutions (including coronial inquiries). This advice has been provided for more than 20 years and involves Cliff advising and reporting to the client’s management teams in Australia, Singapore and also Europe. In addition, Cliff regularly attends resorts throughout Asia to provide advice and legal assistance upon request.

Our team also have considerable experience in providing a full range of legal services to businesses operating in the leisure industry. In particular, fitness centres, ten pin bowling centres, children’s play centres, theme parks and sporting venues.

We advise on all areas of the law which can impact on any business who operate in the tourism and leisure industry.



  • Transfer of Tourism and Leisure industry businesses and projects

  • Litigation involving the Tourism and Leisure industries

  • Assisting in insurance related claims (including personal injury) and also consumer law claims

  • Assisting in compliance with Industrial Relations requirements

  • All other commercial aspect of tourism businesses


Acted in the sale by Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board to Sunshine Coast Turf Club Inc of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

Acting for the purchasers and sellers of hotels and bars including alcohol and gaming licence transfer applications.

Acting for the purchasers and sellers of cafes, and restaurants, including liquor licence applications, lease assignments, supplier agreements.

Acting for several large resort chains and being engaged by their insurer to defend all claims brought against the client.

Acting for a Plaintiff who suffered a serious brain injury when assaulted with a bar stool and whilst a patron of a hotel in Bondi. Commencing successful proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against both the hotel and security guard company who both had the benefit of a policy on insurance. Thereafter, appearing in the NSW Court of Appeal for the appeal of the initial decision brought by both the hotel and security guard company.

Acted for a hotel sales manager in a dispute with the former employer over unpaid commissions, which ultimately led to reviewing and negotiating a deed of settlement for the payment of the commission.

Acting for a resort located on the barrier reef which was facing charges brought for alleged breaches of environmental protection regulations.
Acting for a hotel in relation to a fatal workplace incident. This involved advising as to the WorkCover investigation, coronial inquiry and related insurance matters.