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Poppleston Allen has a strong track record acting for clients in the leisure industry and attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive, robust and always appropriate’ advice. Lisa Sharkey led advice to longstanding client Mitchells & Butlers on its acquisition of the Orchid pub group. In another highlight, Jonathan Smith advise Red Oak Taverns on its acquisition of 148 pubs from GRS Pubs. Graeme Cushion, James Anderson, Nick Arron and Andy Grimsey are also recommended.

Flint Bishop LLP acts as sole adviser for Star Pubs & Bars, a leased pub division of Heineken, on their estate across England, Wales and Scotland. Practice head Andrew Cochrane is the name to note.

Fraser Brown’s very experienced and reliable’ team acts for a wide range of clients including independent operators and licensing and police authorities. Practice head David Lucas, Joanne Soar and newly promoted partner Walaiti Rathore recently represented Greene King Retailing on its appeal before the First Tier Tribunal in relation to a licensing decision of the Regulatory Panel of the Gambling Commission.

In 2015, Shoosmiths LLP continued to act for flagship client McDonald’s on several mandates, including the application for a series of licenses for new restaurants. Ron Reid’s group was joined by Hannah Price in August 2015, further strengthening the team’s regulatory expertise.

At Freeths, regulatory expert and department head Lisa Gilligan and her team were recently appointed to Nottingham Trent University’s panel and advised on its premise licence application for the Bonington Gallery. The practice acts on a range of matters including new licence applications, reviews, variations, and contested applications for clients including Aldi and Ed’s Easy Diner Group.

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