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Hugh James Advises SA Brain on Sale of Pub Portfolio to Song Capital


Top 100 UK law firm, Hugh James, has advised leading brewery firm, SA Brain & Company, on the sale of a portfolio of 95 pub investments to UK and European investment firm, Song Capital.

Lawyers from the Hugh James Corporate Property team, led by Partner Daniel Morgan, supported its long-standing client on the sale of the freehold and leasehold portfolio. The proceeds of the deal will go towards paying down Brains’ remaining bank debt.

Along with the entire UK hospitality sector, the independent family-led brewery business, which has been operating since 1882, was severely hit financially by COVID-19 and UK lockdown restrictions.

According to the company, the deal provides a foundation for its modern state of the art facility, Dragon Brewery, where it brews its famous beers in the heart of Cardiff.

Commenting on the transaction, Daniel Morgan, a Commercial Property Partner at Hugh James, said today:

This is a significant property deal and another step in securing the future of one of Wales’s most iconic brewers. We’re delighted to have supported Brains in achieving this successful outcome. As hospitality and leisure businesses across the UK look to refinance, refocus and innovate post COVID, it’s a privilege for our legal teams at Hugh James to be able to support the sector at such a crucial time.

Jon Bridge, Chief Executive at S.A. Brain, said today:

The team at Hugh James, led by Dan Morgan, have been superb, playing a key role in diligently supporting us through this significant transaction. Our long-standing relationship with Hugh James will certainly continue into the future as we continue to evolve and grow the Brains brand.


Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff, London and Southampton. The firm has grown from humble beginnings in 1960 to become a leading law firm, servicing a vast range of clients across the UK and overseas.

Although our workforce has grown to more than 500, we have retained and nurtured a unique culture which is based on hard work, exceptional talent, ambition, empathy, innovation and good humour. It is those qualities that have helped us grow the business to where we stand today. We have ambitious plans to become a top 50 UK firm and our culture will be key to this.


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