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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Hugh James has a multi-disciplinary licensing practice with ‘an enviable reputation for providing excellent strategic advice coupled with high levels of client care’. The practice has extensive experience in standalone licensing work, particularly in the context of large-scale events relating to festivals and stadia, as well as on matters where licensing considerations are a core part of a transaction. The merger in November 2016 with MLM Cartwright has significantly strengthened the team’s client roster, particularly in light of Aled Walters’ gambling licensing expertise and entrenched relationships with high-calibre clients including Novomatic and Playtech. Team head Martin Jones handles contentious licensing work, as well as having a niche in advising on music festivals and other large-scale events, where he is able to provide additional value to clients as a result of his broader knowledge of health and environmental regulatory issues. Consultant Mark Perry has experience across a range of licensing issues including gambling licences; he recently successfully secured a licence for longstanding family run business Newbridge Amusements in relation to a former adult gaming centre. Other clients include The Welsh Rugby Union, Welsh Government, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Meridian Restaurants.

At Hutchinson Thomas, senior partner Robert Williams regularly represents clubs and other licensed establishments on liquor licensing matters and temporary events notices. Williams regularly works with the firm’s property and commercial teams in providing a cohesive service to the firm’s enviable roster of local hotelier clients.

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