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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Poppleston Allen’s ‘fantastic’ ‘go-to’ team is praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘first-class service’, assisting independent bars, chain restaurants, private equity investors and development groups in the retail and leisure sectors. The ‘super-bright, hugely well-connected and commercialJonathan Smith is ‘someone you want on your side’; he acted for the Gatecrasher nightclub brand in an appeal against license suspension, which involved transferring the license into the new owner’s name, lodging the appeal and conducting negotiations with the police and the Licensing Authority. Smith also assisted Stellex Capital Management with the licensing aspects of its multimillion-pound acquisition of the Chapman Group. ‘Absolute subject matter expertLisa Sharkey is advising the Consolidated Group on its £90m St Giles Circus development, including licensing support during the planning stage. Carluccio’s is also among Sharkey’s clients, and she is managing their premises licenses across the UK. Graeme Cushion led a team assisting Pizza Express with licensing administration matters following its acquisition of Firezza; advice included consolidating existing licenses of both companies and ensuring consistency across the outlets. Andy Grimsey, acting for Moto Hospitality, successfully challenged the Stirling Licensing Board’s refusal of a premises license for a Moto service station. James Anderson provides ongoing licensing assistance to Boparan Group, and Nick Arron is also recommended.

Providing an ‘excellent service’, Flint Bishop LLP assists with matters involving change of ownership and refurbishment of premises, and remains particularly strong on licensing reviews across the country. The team represented clients before local authorities against noise abatement orders, conducted reviews of premises licenses and secured occasional licenses in the aftermath of licenses lapsing. Other work highlights included license revocations, provisional licenses and relicensing. The ‘responsiveAndrew Cochrane leads the practice.

Fraser Brown’s ‘reliable and experienced’ team provides ‘efficient’ advice in a ‘professional manner’ and is renowned for its work in the gambling sector. The group guides clients through licensing reviews and new premises licence applications, often following ownership transfer. Examples included assisting Looe Leisure with applications for gambling authorisation opposed by the regulator and applying for a new premises licence in Leamington Spa for Everards Brewery. The ‘knowledgeable, skilful and experienced’ David Lucas ‘works hard for his clients’, and is advising Cashino Gaming on licensing applications and representing Greene King in appeal proceedings against the Gambling Commission’s refusal to grant an operating licence for providing commercial bingo at the premises. Roxy Leisure and Fraser Capital Management are new clients.

The ‘reliable and professional’ team at Freeths LLP provides an ‘exemplary standard’ of service. The firm is particularly recommended for retail and hospitality sector matters, and the workload also extends to handling regulatory issues and appeal proceedings. The ‘adept and experiencedLisa Gilligan gives ‘practical and insightful advice’ that ‘instils confidence in clients’; she continues to act as the sole licensing counsel nationwide for Aldi, managing supermarket premises licences for stores across the country. Other work highlights for the team included advising Charnwood Borough Council on contested premises licence hearings; assisting Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars with licensing applications and regulatory reviews; and acting for the Royal Air Forces Association during the full licence review across its 85 premises nationwide.

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