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Blake Morgan LLP’s dedicated licensing team is headed by the well-regarded Jon Wallsgrove and has undertaken several new licence applications for retail and leisure clients including Waitrose, John Lewis and Park Resorts. Senior associate Caroline Matthews joined the firm from Trethowans LLP.

Sue Dowling heads the practice at Blandy & Blandy LLP, which assisted the Rugby Football Union with its application for a premises licence for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and acted for the Lawn Tennis Association on time limited premises licence to cover the holding of the Davis cup quarter finals at the Queen’s Club. Other clients include Get Living London and AEG Europe.

Tim Child heads Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s team, which advised Reading Football Club on a variation of its premises licence, and assisted Billionaire Bars with the conversion of a Reading nightclub into a restaurant. Other clients include Westbury Street Holdings and Extreme Oyster.

Associate Karen Lush now leads the team at Trethowans LLP following Caroline Matthews’ departure to Blake Morgan LLP. Key clients of the practice include Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Five Guys and Chelsea Football Club.

Paris Smith LLP’s clients include local businesses, sports clubs and national chains. Associate Cliff Morris and Clive Thomson are recommended.

Jonathan Gray leads the team at Pitmans LLP, which acts for clients including Ideal Collection, Delicious Dining and the Natural Environment Research Council.

Woodfines LLP frequently assists with alcohol, public entertainment and retail licensing issues.

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