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It is estimated that over 30 million people visit aquariums and Zoos across the UK each year.   It remains a popular tourist attraction.  The UKs biggest aquarium (Plymouth) welcomes 300,000 visitors per year, generating an income of approximately £30m.  Events are seen as a key profit driver for aquariums now. 

Examples of work undertaken by Davitt Jones Bould lawyers

  • Drafted and negotiated complex lease arrangements for a zoo / aquarium.

  • Negotiated boundary changes on behalf of a zoo.

  • Obtained planning permission and secured the site for a car park at the entrance of a well-known zoo.

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Legal issues that may arise


  • Acquiring the site for construction of a new aquarium.

  • Drafting and negotiating leases and licences to occupy, including clauses for gift shops and other facilities.

  • Drafting and negotiation of licences for car parks on site.

  • Obtaining permissions to hold sea creatures on site.

  • Disposal of premises.

  • Environmental issues including nuisance and contamination.

  • Granting of licences for use.

  • Planning permissions for commercial use and for use of premises to hold animals.

  • Licences and contracts for events.   

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