Jonathan Foulds, Senior Associate, looks at the legal pitfalls when offering a restaurant delivery service.
The casual dining market is seeing more and more restaurants wishing to provide a takeaway service from existing premises, either in their own right or through partnership with third party aggregators. However, there are potential legal pitfalls business owners need to be aware of and many may already be in breach of their property lease without knowing it.
With thousands of restaurants partnered with delivery businesses, the need to offer takeaway services is clearly becoming increasingly important. This can pose a huge challenge for casual dining establishment who do not normally offer a takeaway service but begin to via a third party aggregator.
With Deliveroo dominating this market and the taxi service Uber imminently launching UberEATS, what should restaurant operators do if they wish to enter into such a partnership or start offering a takeaway service themselves?
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First published in Casual Dining Magazine, July 2016