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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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The 'well informed and approachable' Paul Marshall heads up Brodies LLP's 'highly experienced and efficient' corporate crime and investigations practice, which is particularly active in the oil and gas, banking and financial services, food and drink, life sciences, construction and public sectors and assists clients with investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption. Competition and trade law expert Rod Lambert moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Paul Marshall

Testimonials

'Paul Marshall handles sensitive and serious matters very carefully.'

'Go-to firm for any regulatory and criminal matters.'

'Has a depth of resource and legal expertise.'

'Quickly establishes all the facts surrounding an event and acts with urgency to ensure the interests of the client are best served.'

CMS has particular expertise in advising financial, energy and public sector players on bribery, banking and insolvency-related fraud matters alongside cases involving theft of public funds as well as subsequent recovery proceedings. Colin Hutton heads the team, which lost Gemma Lampert in January 2019; she now works in-house.

Practice head(s):Colin Hutton

Other key lawyers:Alison Gow; Graeme MacLeod

Key Clients

AlixPartners

BDO

Braid Group

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PwC

Praised for its full-service corporate crime and white-collar crime offering, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and as such receives regular instructions from corporate clients to assist with compliance matters, investigations, self-reporting and remediation as well as criminal proceedings. 'Superb white-collar crime guru' Tom Stocker heads up the 'extremely responsive' team; clients describe him as 'smart, dynamic and hugely experienced'.

Practice head(s):Tom Stocker

Testimonials

'Tom Stocker is a fantastic operator. He is strategic, sharp and tough and Scotland's go-to lawyer for any white-collar crime issues.'

'Pre-eminent in Scotland for white-collar crime and contentious regulatory work.'

'Takes the time to understand the client's business.'

'Tom Stocker knows the area in depth.'

BTO Solicitors LLP is best known for representing senior executives and other individuals from the banking, accountancy and legal sectors, among others, in investigations and criminal proceedings concerning fraud and cartel allegations. Criminal solicitor advocate Clare Bone and regulatory crime defence lawyer Vikki Watt jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Gillies

Key Clients

LexisNexis

Burness Paull LLP's client roster consists of various financial service institutions and corporates, most notably from the oil and gas, retail and engineering sectors, as well as individuals, who instruct the team led by Rona Jamieson with matters concerning bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, export control and sanctions.

Practice head(s):Rona Jamieson

Other key lawyers:Lynne Gray

Testimonials

'The firm has very strong international, corporate and compliance capabilities.'

'Lynne Gray is highly capable and personable.'

Key Clients

Ted Jacob Engineering Group

JK Rowling

Work highlights

  • On-going advice on a civil fraud claim which arose from an agreement to buy an engineering business in Dubai.
  • Acting for the author JK Rowling in a civil fraud action raised on her behalf against the author’s former PA; the action concerns the alleged mis-use of a business credit card provided by the client to her former personal assistant.

'Delivering great results', Dentons' 'capable and highly experienced' team advises various national and international clients on fraud and embezzlement matters alongside issues pertaining to insolvency and bankruptcy scenarios. 'Hard working and experienced' consul and counter fraud specialist Craig Kennedy heads the team, which lost senior associate and regulatory expert James McMillan to Al Tamimi & Company in August 2018.

Practice head(s):Craig Kennedy

Testimonials

'The team regularly appears in high-profile and complex cases.'

'The group has particular experience in fraud and other related issues arising from insolvency.'

'Craig Kennedy is the kind of lawyer clients under pressure want on their side; he is proactive and gives concise and focused advice.'

Key Clients

The Edrington Group

CVR Global

Baxters Food Group

Scotch Whisky Auctions

Biffin

Hunter Boot

Aggreko

Henderson & Jones

Hooley

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hooley in a fraud investigation.
  • Acting for Scotch Whisky Auctions in defence of allegations of unfair prejudice and fraud which have arisen from the implementation of a share buy back scheme.

The team at Livingstone Brown 'receives a good stream of work', predominately from individuals but also financial institutions and other corporates, defending them against allegations of fraud and embezzlement. Director Stuart Munro heads up the team, which includes legal executive Ximena Vengoechea; she joined the team from the Scottish Bar in March 2019.

Practice head(s):Stuart Munro

Other key lawyers:Gerard Brown; Ximena Vengoechea

MTM Defence Lawyers acts for individuals and corporate clients in fraud, embezzlement and money laundering matters. Murray Aitken, the 'very active' Neil Hay and Martin Morrow jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Murray Aitken; Neil Hay; Martin Morrow

Other key lawyers:Simon Hutchison


Crime: general

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  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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'Truly deserving its high ranking', Beltrami & Co Ltd is recognised by clients and peers alike for its 'strong' criminal defence offering, acting for clients in various complex criminal issues. Gary McAteer heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Murray Macara QC; he is noted for his 'extensive expertise in criminal law'.

Practice head(s):Gary McAteer

Other key lawyers:Murray Macara

Following the dissolution of Capital Defence Lawyers in October 2018, the 'first class practitioner' John Scott QC founded the eponymous criminal defence practice John Scott QC Solicitor Advocate, which handles the full spectrum of criminal defence work including sexual violence (including historic sexual abuse cases) and murder.

Practice head(s):John Scott QC

Testimonials

'John Scott QC is highly recommended, he is thorough and diligent and no one is ever disappointed with his work.'

'John Scott's preparation of cases is extremely thorough; he exhibits a detailed and perspective understanding of his brief and shows excellent court craft.'

'John Scott brings three decades of experience to the table and combines brilliant advocacy with meticulous preparation.'

'Anyone who instructs John can do so in the knowledge that they will obtain the best the Scottish Criminal Bar has to offer.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the Lord Advocate on behalf of the Spanish Government in an extradition matter in which, Spain recalled the European Arrest Warrant.
  • Instructed as senior counsel in a trial, which involved allegations against a retired casualty consultant with a large amount of ammunition and firearms which he had reactivated to carry out his planned revenge attack on former colleagues in the NHS.
  • Acted at trial as senior counsel for this accused, who was accused of multiple rapes and offences of violence, including a charge of attempted murder.
  • Acted as senior counsel in trial of Edinburgh University student facing multiple rape allegations.

'Providing exceptional personal service', MTM Defence Lawyers covers the whole spectrum of criminal defence work, representing clients in all courts against allegations of domestic violence, serious sexual offences and murder. This 'great expertise' also leads to a regular stream of referrals from large law firms in Scotland and beyond. The 'extremely personable, responsive and professional' Neil Hay heads the Edinburgh office, while Murray Aitken is the main contact in Falkirk and Martin Morrow in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):Neil Hay; Murray Aitken; Martin Morrow

Testimonials

'Provides excellent service.'

'The firm covers all courts in Scotland and does so even in urgent cases with little or no notice.'

'Neil Hay won't be deflected from what really matters.'

'Neil Hay works hard to get the best results for his clients.'

'Extremely hard working and dedicated team.'

'Neil Hay is a cool methodical lawyer who will leave no stone unturned.'

Work highlights

  • Instructed to defend a member of a religious organisation against serious sexual historical allegations going back over decades including various cross-border elements.
  • Instructed to defend the client against the initial allegation of rape, which turned into two trials: one for assault and one for stalking; the client was acquitted from both.
  • Instructed to represent an IT consultant charged with an assault; the case was discontinued following prove, based on detailed CCTV analysis, that the complainer was the aggressor.
  • Acted in a sheriff and jury case involving 12 accused and 25 charges on the indictment. MTM’s client appeared on 12 of the charges concerning serious assaults and wilful fire-raising.
  • Defended a long-distance lorry driver against allegations of serious assault on one of his co-workers; the client was acquitted.

Specialist criminal defence practice Adams Whyte represents clients across the whole of Scotland against various criminal allegations. Key individuals include Ewen Roy and Kevin Dugan in Edinburgh and Gerry Bann in Livingstone.

Practice head(s):Ewen Roy; Kevin Dugan; Gerry Bann

The team at Livingstone Brown is led by Stuart Munro, who has notable expertise in child protection cases, but the team is also well placed to defend clients against various criminal allegations, including the most serious ones.

Practice head(s):Stuart Munro

Other key lawyers:Gerard Brown

Bridge Litigation UK handles criminal prosecutions in courts throughout Scotland including road traffic cases, breach of the peace, assault and shoplifting, among others.

Clare Bone and Vikki Watt jointly head the team at BTO Solicitors LLP, which stands out for its 'vast expertise' in representing prison officers accused of various criminal charges such as on-duty assault and sexual offences but the team including the 'excellent' Alasdair Gillies also acts for other individuals and receives regular instructions arising from dangerous driving allegations.

Practice head(s):Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Gillies

Testimonials

'The firm has strong and effective relationships with the Prosecutor Fiscal Service.'

'Communication is exceptional.'

'Team members are personable, friendly, professional and efficient.'

'Clare Bone and Vikki Watt are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Prison Officers Association Scotland (POA)

Scottish Police Federation

Work highlights

  • Acted for a prison officer accused of assaulting a prisoner.
  • Successfully represented a retiree at trial in respect of an allegation of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Central Court Lawyers is experienced in representing clients at every stage of police investigations and criminal prosecutions. Parole Board of Scotland member Ian Bryce is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Ian Bryce

Levy & McRae has particular expertise in defending police officers against allegations of on and off-duty offences alongside road traffic prosecutions but the team also acts for other individuals, including high-profile clients, in a wide range of criminal allegations, including the most serious ones. Callum Anderson and David McKie jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Callum Anderson; David McKie

Key Clients

Scottish Police Federation

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS)

Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS)

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, in relation to a series of highly publicised serious criminal allegations.
  • Acting on behalf of a serving police officer accused of rape whilst off duty.
  • Acting on behalf of a member of the fostering network in relation to allegations of serious sexual offences when the accused was a child against other children.
  • Acting on behalf of a serving police officer accused of attempted murder of his wife who was also a serving police officer and attempting to pervert the course of justice.


Licensing

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  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Jack Cummins - Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors
    • Audrey Junner - Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors
    • Caroline Loudon - TLT
    • Archie MacIver - Brunton Miller
    • Stephen McGowan - TLT

Next Generation Partners

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    • Niall Hassard - TLT

'Exceptional' specialist licensing firm Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors has traditionally acted for large-scale on-trade companies such as major brewers and late-night operators but in recent years, the 'committed and very responsive' team has also been increasingly active in the pub and restaurant on-trade sector as well as in the high-street food retailer market, handling the full spectrum of licensing work including contentious applications. 'Thorough and knowledgeable' team head Audrey Junner specialises in liquor, civic and gambling licensing work, while the highly regarded Jack Cummins has supermarket work at his core and is noted for his 'great common sense approach'.

Practice head(s):Audrey Junner

Other key lawyers:Jack Cummins; Peter Lawson

Testimonials

'Their accuracy, efficiency, competence and knowledge cannot be bettered in Scotland.'

'Second to none.'

'Audrey Junner is an exceptional practitioner with an ever growing wealth of experience.'

Key Clients

Tesco Stores

Co-operative Group Food

Nandos Chickenland

Motor Fuel Group

Brewdog

Stonegate Pub Company

Mitchells & Butlers Retail

Clydeside Initiative for Arts

Select Service Partner

Work highlights

  • Involved in two new bar and restaurant openings for Mitchells & Butlers Retail in Aberdeen, All Bar One and Miller & Carter, which included assistance with provisional licence applications, addressing all representations and objections and board hearings; both applications were granted.
  • Advised Scottish Historic Buildings Trust on licensing a learning and cultural centre situated within a building of significant historical importance, and a separate catering operation.
  • Provided licensing advice to Co-operative Group Food as part of its acquisition and launch of various new stores across Scotland.
  • Assisted Tony Macaroni and Nardini’s with the premises licence application for an existing café/ restaurant in St Andrews which had attracted various objections due to local residents concerns.
  • Handling all licensing matters for BrewDog's new micro-brewery development in Glasgow’s East End.

TLT is 'very well known in the Scottish licensing market' and demonstrates particular expertise in the alcohol, taxi and gambling licensing sectors. The team acts for national operators and local enterprises and is led by Stephen McGowan, who is a frequently recommended specialist in liquor licensing. Other key members include the 'highly regarded' Caroline Loudon, who is particularly well versed in handling gambling and contentious licensing applications, and 'very good all-rounder' and legal director Niall Hassard.

Practice head(s):Stephen McGowan

Other key lawyers:Caroline Loudon; Niall Hassard

Testimonials

'Has a unique understanding of licensing board policy and personnel across the Scottish market.'

'Caroline Loudon's knowledge of the subject matter and relationships with influences across the sector is unparalleled.'

'Industry-leading team of licensing law specialists. They have a strong voice in the industry, with great connections to decision-makers and stakeholders at all levels.'

'Market leaders, exceptionally knowledgeable and well respected.'

'Collaborative, open and straightforward. Clear and responsive communication throughout the licence application process, including where last minute changes were required.'

'They remain approachable at all times and fully understand the commercial reality of operating a licensed business. They continue to help find ways to maximise commercial opportunities.'

'Niall Hassard is on top of his brief, offers excellent advice and delivers well for his clients.'

'Caroline Loudon has strong industry knowledge and provided us with confidence that our application would be handled sensibly and with a pragmatic commercially relevant approach.'

Key Clients

Celtic FC

Signature Pub Group

Aldi

SSE Hydro

Iceland Foods

Rangers FC

Greene King

Elior UK

CJ Lang

Montpeliers

Work highlights

  • Assisted Celtic FC and Rangers FC with the licensing of fan zones.
  • Assisted jazz club The Blue Arrow with the application to vary its licence to extend its trading hours to 3am.
  • Assisted Edinburgh Woollen Mill with multiple licence applications following the restrictive nature of existing premises licences.
  • Represented MMM Retail in a hearing for a provisional premises licence concerning a convenience store with a large alcohol display operating under the Nisa Local brand.
  • Supported John Codona in negotiations with the Gambling Commission concerning the operation of a betting shop.

Brunton Miller's 'very strong' team is recognised for its broad client base and its equally broad offering, handling the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious licensing work. The 'highly experienced' Archie MacIver is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Archie MacIver

Other key lawyers:Frank Collins

Morton Fraser's client roster consists of a wide range of public and private sector clients, most notably from the hospitality and food and drink industries. The team led by David Hossack is frequently involved in licensing procedures concerning hotels and visitor centres and has particular expertise in liquor licensing.

Practice head(s):David Hossack

Other key lawyers:Douglas Milne; Susan Leslie

Testimonials

'The Licensing team at Morton Fraser fully understands the sector and knows the Scottish licensing authorities and their approach to matters, so is able to give realistic, commercial, sector-focused advice'.

'Morton Fraser have supported the School with licensing matters for many years, usually in relation to licensed premises at Myreside Pavilion. The firm has long experience of dealing with the School and has built up a good knowledge of our business and issues'.

'David Hossack, Partner, is outstanding and has been our main point of contact for longer than I have been Bursar at Watson's (16 years). Excellent all-round knowledge and advice, easily accessible and always helpful and supportive'.

'David Hossack stands out as a commercial and knowledgeable lawyer who understands the demands of our business and is always available when urgent advice is needed'.

'David Hossack - very efficient and knows his way around the legal minefield'.

'Licensing in Scotland is practiced by very few. This team is the standout. We refer all our English clients to them'.

Key Clients

Historic Environment Scotland

Diageo Scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council

Accor Hotels UK

Travelodge Hotels

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Security Industry Authority (SiA)

Scottish Canals

Continuum Group

Edinburgh Beer Factory

Work highlights

  • Representing The City of Edinburgh Council in all appeals against its licensing decisions; this includes alcohol licences as well as decisions taken under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
  • Representing Travelodge in all licensing work in Scotland.
  • Advising Diageo on an ongoing basis on a wide range of licensing issues; recently, the team assisted Diageo with an application to the Argyll and Bute Licensing Board to change the terms of the licence for the distillery visitor centre in Oban.
  • Assisted Diageo with a variation of premises licence for its distillery visitors' centre near Inverness to respond to local tourism needs.
  • Advising Accor Hotels UK on all its licensing work across Scotland.

Pinsent Masons LLP's broad licensing offering includes assistance with liquor, gambling and civic government licensing matters and attracts clients from various industries such as hospitality, leisure and tourism. As well as its advisory capacities, the team also benefits from its strong litigation background when representing clients at licensing board and court hearings, while it is able to call on colleagues from its real estate, restructuring and corporate departments when advising on matters at this interface. 'Highly regarded' legal director Audrey Ferrie heads the team.

Practice head(s):Audrey Ferrie

Key Clients

Alderforce

Taco Time

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Royal Yacht Enterprises

YO! Sushi

Wagamama

Azzurri Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Yacht Enterprises in a highly contentious application for a new premises licence for a luxury boutique hotel in Leith.
  • Assisted Edinburgh International Conference Centre with the application of a major variation of its premises licence to allow it to serve alcohol until 3am.
  • Advised Byron Hamburgers on the transfer of liquor licences for sites in Aberdeen and Glasgow to incoming operators following the client entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement and the subsequent closure of several stores.
  • Advised Clydeside Restaurants on various contentious and non-contentious licensing matters pertaining to the acquisition of restaurant premises in the city centre of Glasgow.
  • Acted for Alderforce in an application for a late hours catering licence for a new KFC Restaurant in Glasgow.

Anderson Strathern routinely assists local authorities, retail companies, restaurants and education sector bodies with various licensing matters throughout Scotland, including various alternations concerning late hours licences; local authorities also receive support with licensing appeals in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. Commercial litigator Jonathan Guy is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Guy

Key Clients

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

Midlothian Licensing Board and Licensing Committee

National Trust for Scotland

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh College

McDonald’s Restaurants

Dishoom

Fife Council

West Lothian Council

MMLM

Work highlights

  • Instructed by McDonald’s, through Shoosmiths, to lodge a variation application to its late hours catering license for its Princes Street restaurant, Edinburgh, to allow an extra hour trading during the festival period.
  • Represented The City of Edinburgh Council in a highly contentious matter with an appellant following the decision to suspend his taxi licence.
  • Acts for Scotmid in all licensing matters for all its Scottish stores; in 2018, the team dealt with over 100 minor applications including variation applications for both change of manager and layout.
  • Instructed by Straub Food to deal with the variation of a late hours catering licence for one of its town centre restaurants to increase the trading hours to 24 hours.
  • Instructed by McDonald’s Restaurants to apply for a late hours catering licence to allow 24/7 trading at a new restaurant in the Port Glasgow.

BTO Solicitors LLP handles contentious new licence applications, major and minor licence variation applications, personal licence applications and licence review hearings, among others, as stand-alone matters or part of wider transactional instructions. Handling work for hotels, pubs, clubs and restaurants counts as particular area of expertise for Nicolas McBride's team.

Practice head(s):Nicolas McBridge

Other key lawyers:Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly

Key Clients

Bay Hotels

Coast & Country Hotels

Lloyds Banking Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

Crieff Hydro

Viva Brazil

Lane7

Kimble’s Chocolates

Calmont Developments

AK Investments (Scotland)

Work highlights

  • Handling various liquor licensing aspects and a premises transfer application as part of Jewel Trustees' sale of a major hotel in Scotland.
  • Assisting Gourmet Burger Kitchen with an application for a new pavement licence (and related roads consent) for outdoor on-street drinking areas.
  • Acting for Glasgow-based delicatessen operator Treffiano in an application for a new premises licence for the sale of alcohol from deli premises.
  • Undertaking all licensing work for Bay Hotels, including the transfer of a premises licence.
  • Handling all licensing work for Coast & Country Hotels.

Burness Paull LLP's strength lies in providing liquor, premises and public entertainment licensing assistance, including contentious matters, to restaurants and hotels. Planning expert Theresa Hunt is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Theresa Hunt

Key Clients

Carlton Clubs

Welcome Break Group

Cairn Hotel Group/ Station Hotel

Aberdeen Douglas Hotel

Hard Rock Café (UK)

Eden Valley Leisure

Splendid Hospitality

The Chester Hotel

Unionrow Restaurant

Work highlights

  • Submitted an application to Fife Licensing Board for a variation of the premises licence to create a temporary bingo hall at Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline for Carlton Clubs.
  • Obtained a provisional premises licence for Welcome Break Group’s new Ramada Hotel at The Plaza Tower, East Kilbride.
  • Acted for Cairn Group to obtain a major variation of its premises licence for the former Queensferry Hotel, Edinburgh, which has undergone a £15m refurbishment and rebranding to DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh.
  • Acted for RKM Group to obtain a series of occasional licences for a trial period for an outdoor seating and drinking area at the premises in Aberdeen.
  • Advising Hard Rock Café on licensing matters pertaining to its premises in Glasgow.

Harper Macleod LLP has been particularly active assisting fuel distributors with various licensing matters but also receives regular instructions from food, leisure and hospitality sector players who require assistance with contentious and non-contentious alcohol, gambling, public entertainment and civic government licensing matters. Team head Andrew Hunter is noted for his expertise in insolvency-related licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hunter

Other key lawyers:0

Key Clients

Lidl UK

Greene King Brewing and Retailing

Certas Energy UK

BP Oil UK

Malthurst Retail Group

KMCN

William Hill Organization

Shell UK

Comic Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Assisted BP Oil UK with the provisional premises licences for two petrol stations within the Perth and Kinross Licensing Board area.
  • Assisted Lidl UK with the application for a provisional premises licence for the new Lidl supermarket at Castle Street, Dumbarton.
  • Assistance with the application for a premises licence for Shell's premises in Newtonloan, Midlothian.
  • Represented Greene King Brewing and Retailing in a licensing hearing following its non-compliance with the Weights and Measures legislation.
  • Assisted Malthurst Petroleum with the application for a late hours catering licence for the Greshop filling station in Forres.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is well equipped to guide clients, most notably supermarket chains, restaurants and hotels, through various liquor, gaming, public entertainment and civic government licensing procedures including contentious ones, insolvency-related licence transfers and transactional licensing matters. Hugh Smith and litigator Elaine Brailsford are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Hugh Smith; Elaine Brailsford

Key Clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Dakota Hotels

Balmoral Hotel

SMG Europe

Crerar Hotel Group

Dobbies Garden Centres

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Turnberry Hotel

Fraser Suites

M D Milne

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in achieving a one-third increase in the size of the permitted off-sales alcohol display area for a city-centre Edinburgh store, despite the premises being in an overprovision area.
  • Following the refurbishment of the Balmoral Hotel, the team assisted the client in obtaining a major variation to the premises licence to take account of the refurbishment, including changing the terms of access for children and young persons and securing an increase in capacity for the refurbished areas.
  • Advised SMG Europe on securing licences for the new Aberdeen event complex/exhibition and conference centre, including a provisional premises licence, a theatre licence and a market operator’s licence.
  • Secured two major variations for Dobbies Garden Centres in Perth and Dundee, adding permission for off-sales and amend the terms upon which under 18s are permitted to access the store and restaurant.
  • Assisting Sainsbury’s with various premises licensing matters arising from the client's acquisition of new sites.


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