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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘all-star’ licensing department is headed by the ‘highly effective and resourcefulCraig Baylis. The team acts for developers, banks and owners as well as a wide range of well-known operators such as Tesco, Marriott and Harrods. The ‘hardworking’ Jeremy Bark is also recommended.

Lisa Inzani and Clare Eames lead an increasingly busy practice at Poppleston Allen. The team advises nearly 850 pubs, restaurants and venues in London alone. Steve Burnett represents clients who find themselves in breach of regulatory legislation.


Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP

Thomas and Thomas Partners are an award winning boutique licensing law firm recognised by the leading legal directories, including The Legal 500, as London’s leading licensing practice. We act for the crème de la crème of London’s licensed premises.

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Exceptional’ licensing boutique Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP is made up of two partners, Alun Thomas and Thomas O’Maoileoin, and associate Jack Spiegler, who are regarded as ‘super practical, super charming and super calm’, respectively. The group has received new instructions from The Ritz Hotel and continues to act for longstanding clients such as Westfield.

Blake Morgan LLP’s licensing team is headed by Jon Wallsgrove, who is always ‘quick and clear’ when responding to client concerns. The firm recently merged with Piper Smith Watton and acts for large retailers such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

Gordon Dadds has added considerable strength to its licensing practice after several practitioners joined from Jeffery Green Russell in late 2015. Department head Philip Somarakis leads the team, which now includes the ‘truly outstanding’ Andrew Wong and the ‘vastly experienced’ Gareth Hughes.

Joelson recently merged with LR Law. Richard Williams, who joined with the merger, brings with him vast experience in Scottish licensing, which will expand the reach of Niall McCann’s licensing practice. Work highlights included securing the license for the first Hyatt Place hotel in the UK.

Following Julian Skeens’s arrival from Jeffrey Green Russell, TLT can now be ranked ‘among the best’ licensing practices in London. Since joining the firm, Skeens has worked with Luke Elford – another new addition to the team – on licensing leisure and retail units at the new media headquarters for Bloomberg.

The ‘knowledgeableRobert Botkai leads Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s ‘excellent’ licensing practice. Regarded as market leaders in the petrol forecourt sector, the team provides a ‘highly efficient and detailed’ service. Sabrina Cader is praised for her ‘ability to act quickly’.

Bond Dickinson LLP acts for clients across the alcohol and gambling sectors. With instructions from clients such as Gala Leisure and Coral Racing, practice head Ewen Macgregor brings his intimate knowledge of the gambling industry to this small, but experienced team.

Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors is led by David Dadds. The team has acted for more operators in license review hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal than any other firm in London.

Audrey Ferrie’s practice at Pinsent Masons LLP has expertise in both transactional work and licensing applications. The team acts for household names such as KPMG, and has recently added Standard Life Assurance and House of Fraser to its client list.

The licensing team at Goodman Derrick LLP is part of a larger real estate department. The firm secured a number of licenses for Simmons Bars in 2015 and regularly acts for operators in need of special treatment licenses. James Daglish and Michael Collins are names to note.

Squire Patton Boggs’ licensing team is headed by Stephanie Perraton, who is ‘a paragon of professionalism’. The practice provides an ‘outstanding service’ particularly regarding hotel and transport licensing.

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