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Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields a ‘knowledgeable, professional and diligent team that is well respected both regionally and nationally’. Anthony Lyons’ ‘knowledge of the licensing trade is second to none’; he leads a team that includes newly promoted partner Felicity Tulloch and associate Rebecca Ingram, all of whom are ‘experts in this field’. The ‘first-class team’ advises a growing client base of multi-site operators, property developers and individuals such as Revolution Bars, Living Ventures and Turtle Bay Restaurants on all licensing matters, and has developed a specialism in obtaining new premises licences in so-called areas of cumulative impact. In one such recent example it successfully defended craft brewer BrewDog in an appeal by a local resident, enabling a new premises to be opened.

The ‘exceptionally knowledgeableJan Levinson heads the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which regularly advises clients such as Manchester United FC, the Department of Education and Chester West and Cheshire Borough Council. Highlights included advising the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on its "staff lottery", which involved over 9,500 people. Solicitor Andrew Martin is also recommended.

DWF’s team has a particular focus in the retail, food and hospitality sectors, and handles a steady flow of instructions from key clients such as Home Bargains, Booker Group and Liverpool FC. ‘Very thorough’ associate David Crank is recommended.

Principal associate David Roberts heads the licensing team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has a strong established reputation in the leisure industry with a wide range of clientele especially in the betting and gaming industry. Roberts ‘really takes the time to understand clients’ business’ and is also praised for his ‘pragmatic approach and excellent interpersonal skills’. He advises household names such as Hilton Worldwide and Gala Bingo on alcohol/entertainment licensing and gambling licensing. The team recently advised on the operational licensing requirements for a new five-star hotel and exclusive private members club to be opened at Ten Trinity Square in London.

Anthony Horne heads the specialist team at Licensing Legal. Highlights included successfully handling an appeal against a decision of Warrington Borough Council to revoke a premises licence. Other key clients include University of Manchester, the University of Liverpool and Papa John’s.

Under the leadership of the ‘extremely capable, commercial and responsive’ Malcolm Ireland, Napthens LLP’s dedicated licensing department attracts praise for being ‘well led and well structured’. Its clients range from single-site operators through to the largest brewers and pub owners in the North of England, including Moorhouses Brewery, Weston Castle and Daniel Thwaites.

The team at Hill Dickinson LLPgets to the nub of the matter quickly and provides very sensible advice to clients’. The practice has a specialist firearms department is regularly instructed by the UK’s largest shooting organisations. ‘Practical and very approachable’ associate David Keenan has ‘extensive knowledge of firearms law’ and Simon Parrington is a ‘highly experienced solicitor who consistently gets good results for his clients’.

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