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The "second to none’ practice at TLT delivers ‘quick and sound advice’ to a number of large estates on estate management licensing applications, including changes of designated premises supervisors (DPS), manager variations to layout, transfers and gaming machine applications. The ‘nationally recognised’ and ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ team has an exceptionally ‘wide range of expertise’, advising clients from a broad range of sectors, including pub companies, restaurants, bars, clubs, brewers, festivals, hotels, visitor attractions, conference venues, galleries, theatres and retailers. Practice head and ‘force of nature’ Matthew Phipps ‘works extremely hard for his clients and obtains excellent results’. An ‘industry leader’, acts for Punch Taverns, Glastonbury Music Festival, Barburrito, Hawthorn Leisure, SA Brain & Company, Las Iguanas and Olympia London. Highlights included advising Greene King Pub Partners on a case in relation to a licence suspension following serious trouble outside a pub – assisting with the summary review and a final review hearing for the premises. Other highlights saw the team assisting WH Smith with the application of new premises licences for M&S Simply foods and acting for YUM! businessess KFC and Pizza Hut Delivery in the application of a new premises licence for the sale of hot food and hot drinks, including advising on how to deal with a CCTV requirement that might have put KFC and Pizza Hut Delivery in breach of data protection laws. The firm also acted for the Boomtown Festival for an application to increase the capacity at the premises and to amend conditions on the face of its premises licence.

Under the lead of ‘highly experienced’ practice head Ewen Macgregor, whose ‘knowledge of the industry is of great value’, Bond Dickinson LLP provides a broad range of legal advice on alcohol and gambling licensing, including in investigations and prosecution work relating to underage and unlawful sales. Other areas of expertise are conducting due diligence on the acquisition and disposal of licensed estates including liquidations. The practice handles day-to-day administration for Accor Hotels, including DPS variations, the review and variation of conditions on licences, as well as applications and renewals of marriage and special treatment licences. It team assisted Racing Post with its annual assessment of the system of proofing tipsters as required to be undertaken by the Advertising Standards Authority, and handled the applications of new licences under the Gambling Act for Coral Racing Limited, which involved preparing, drafting and lodging the applications as well as representing the client at a licence hearing. Additionally, the practice advised Coral Racing Limited on the Gambling Act 2005 aspects of its £3.3bn merger with Ladbrokes. Other clients include several online gaming operators, the Clifton Hotel Group, Welcome Break, Hilton Hotels, and Cineworld UK.

Burges Salmon LLP is ‘a well-respected practice with an excellent reputation in licensing’, handling the full range of licensing regimes, from alcohol and entertainment licensing to gambling, caravan site licensing, taxi and marriage licences, houses in multiple occupation licences, street trading, and Security Industry Authority licensing. A particular strength is advising on high-value sales and purchases of businesses with licensed interests, in particular hotel business transactions. The practice acts for clients from a range of sectors, but has a particular focus on the leisure and gambling industry. Clients include The Crown Estate, the Racecourse Association, Adelie Foods Group, and Canadian and Portland Estates. Ian Salter led on several highlight matters, including a full licensing audit for three premises belonging to a group of nationally prominent museums in the UK. The team is experienced in conducting due diligence, having recently done so for a major luxury catering company. It also advised the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio, in particular on a suite of Club Premises Certificates, and public-facing premises for conferences, events and weddings. Other highlights included assisting Darwin Property Investment with its licensed leisure portfolio, in particular on alcohol and entertainment licensing, gambling and gaming issues, and caravan site licensing. Practice head and senior associate Joanne Attwood is ‘dependable, innovative and bright’ with ‘sound judgement and excellent style’.

Foot Anstey advises on complex licensing and gambling regulatory work for large venues including Ashton Gate and Principality Stadium. Practice head Chris Pritchett has particular expertise in outdoor events, festivals and sports stadia, also regularly acting for online and mobile gaming clients. Another area of strength is advising on regulatory and commercial issues in the events sector. Clients include Monopole Portfolio Wine Management, Dyson, the University of Bristol Student Union, and Bristol City Football Club. The team advised Yoyo Foods on the preparation and submission of an application to vary a premises licence for a hot foot takeaway to include the off-licence selling of alcohol. Cearnsport, the operator of Sittingbourne Greyhound Stadium, instructed the practice on Gambling Act matters as well as commercial issues and reputation management. The team also assisting Copas Partnership with event contracts as well as the corresponding licensing issues, and advised Bristol Sport on several matters including obtaining licences to extend opening hours, temporary event notice applications, concert promotion contracts, advertising and sponsorship terms and conditions, as well as safety stewarding contracts. Another highlight was assisting Warner Music UK with a variety of licensing and entertainment issues, including video and music licensing, the takeover of new premises from EMI music and applications to authorise changes to a building layout.

The ‘very well-respectedVWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) advises on a variety of licensing matters, ranging from alcohol, gambling and entertainment licensing, all special areas of expertise of Jason Prosser, to cinema and film licensing and classification, as well as explosives licensing. The practice has ‘a highly rated reputation’ and works for a range of clients nationally. It advised Panther Fireworks Limited on the interpretation and application of the Explosives Regulation in the context of an application for a sales and a storage licence for a large quantity of type 4 explosives. The case required negotiating with the local authorities and the HSE. The team also provides ongoing alcohol licensing advice to Le Cordon Bleu with regard to a café located in the client’s flagship school located in a cumulative impact zone in a highly sensitive residential area, and assisted Butcombe Brewery with the extension of its midweek hours in a city centre venue. It provides training for the Local Government Training Partnership and regularly offers pre-application consultations while also resolving contested applications through negotiation.

Gregg Latchams LLP advises on licensing applications and hearings, as well as on gaming premises licensing. Its work also covers investigating and defending on food safety and measures cases. Practice head Michael Parrott specialises in the food, drink and hospitality sector and has experience in appearing before licensing committees to present applications for new premises and defend licences when subject to review. The practice offers advocacy services and acts for major supermarket groups, night club operators, pub groups, cinema operators and gaming companies.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF has a small specialist licensing department which advises on the licensing of large scale outdoor events such as music and other festivals, game fairs and events held at stately homes and other large estates. Its caseload includes advising on the licensing of alcohol, live and recorded music, as well as late night refreshment such as hot food and drink takeaways. Under practice head Philip Day, the team has built experience in working for betting offices, casinos and both adult and family entertainment centres, handling issues relating to gaming machines, sporting events, and pavement café as well as table and chair licences. Advice on taxi and private hire licensing is another area of strength. It acts for clients from a variety of sectors including pubs, off-licences, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, late-night takeaways, sports grounds and sporting arenas as well as minicab firms. The team also provides a risk assessment service.

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