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Senior associate Julie Gowland leads the licensing practice at Birketts LLP, which calls upon the experienced lawyers in the firm's corporate criminal defence department. Gowland is well-versed in applications for premises licences, including  contested matters, as well as temporary event notices and personal licence applications. She worked with solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk to handle a review hearing in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for a client who ran a franchise of a well-known fast food chain. They also acted for an individual who objected to a premises licence variation application by a fine dining restaurant in Norwich who sought to increase the hours it could sell alcohol. They secured significant alterations to the licence application. Whitwell and Reepham Railway Preservation Society, Patisserie Valerie and Gastro Pubs Limited are among the firm's clients.

Harriet Wells¬†leads the practice at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†and has nearly 20 years‚Äô specialist experience in licensing across diverse sectors such as¬†alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment venues, betting and gaming licensing and licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. She is known for ‚Äėgood , accurate clear actions and recommendations‚Äė and regularly appears before the Licensing Authorities and Magistrates Courts. The practice has¬†a diverse and national client base within the leisure and entertainment industry and it provides licensing advice for large music festivals and events as well as holiday parks, hotels, restaurants and theatres across the UK. Wells helped¬†University of East Anglia with licence applications¬†applications for its Sportspark venue, and managed the licensing needs of Zaks (UK) Ltd, which runs a chain of themed diners in Norfolk.

At Gotelee Solicitors, veteran litigator Hugh Rowland leads the licensing practice, which focuses largely on contentious matters. As part of his dispute resolution practice he has also developed a niche specialism in handling liquor licensing applications, transfers and variations for SME clients. His recent work included acting for the owner of a local business who faced accusations of licensing and animal welfare offences. The case was discontinued. Another case saw him successfully secure a licence for the owner of new business premises despite opposition from the police and local councillors.

Associate Kelly Peck in Cambridge leads the licensing practice at Greenwoods GRM. She is an experienced property lawyer who frequently assists clients with premises licences. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox in Peterborough focuses mainly on property litigation, but her practice also encompasses general licensing enquiries and applications for new licences and temporary event notices, as well as the transfer of licences. The firm handled licensing matters arising from the sale of the Red Lion public house on behalf of its owners, and advised a client in the education sector on an application to vary its premises licence.

Rogers and Norton has an outstanding licensing lawyer in Bruce Faulkner, whose experience encompasses all types of licensing work and who is regularly recommended by local law firms that do not have their own licensing specialists. He has a strong flow of instructions from clients applying for new licences or seeking variations to and transfers of existing licences. His clients include numerous small businesses and larger operators of multiple venues.

Blocks in Ipswich calls on the experience of corporate and commercial partner Andrew Fleming and head of commercial litigation Graham Mead to handle a steady flow of applications applications for liquor, betting and gaming licenses. Fleming frequently handles licensing reviews for local businesses.

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