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Ward Hadaway

Work 0191 204 4000
Fax 0191 204 4001
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Richard Arnot

Work +44 (0)191 204 4342
Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Licensing and Regulatory




Richard specialises in licensing, gaming and regulatory law.

He has a national reputation as a licensing specialist, representing pub companies, nightclub operators, convenience stores and supermarkets, hoteliers and restaurateurs, as well as local authorities and police forces on all aspects of the law relating to the sale of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment.

Richard regularly speaks on licensing topics to both the trade and the media.

He is a former Regional Director of the British Institute of Innkeepers and a member of the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers. He has contributed to the Licensing Review, the legal section of The Morning Advertiser and to The Off Licence News.

Richard was a keynote speaker at the 2017 MA300 Event hosted by The Morning Advertiser Magazine.

Richard is a member of the Government’s Better Regulation Delivery Office Licensing Group. He also regularly attends IGD industry events.

He was named Lawyer of the Year for Licensing Law in England in the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards.

Richard has represented clients in a number of significant and nationally reported cases.

In addition, he advises clients, including two of the top five supermarket operators, on general regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Richard has many years’ experience appearing before Magistrates’ Courts in matters including food labelling, sell-by date prosecutions, food hygiene and underage sales.

He has also prosecuted matters for a number of enforcement agencies, as well as having formerly been the Deputy Force Solicitor at Northumbria Police. Richard has acted on behalf of many gaming clients, including betting office operators and casinos. He also represents clients in road traffic matters.

Richard represents two of the top five supermarkets in licensing and also regularly receives instruction from the country's largest retailer in regulatory matters.                                     

North: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Leading individuals

Richard Arnot - Ward Hadaway

Within: Licensing

Ward Hadaway is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious licensing work: co-heads Richard Arnot and Stephen Graham routinely represent clients in various licensing application proceedings - including contested licensing applications - before licensing committees and at appeal. Arnot represented a Leeds-based lap-dancing venue operator in proceedings following an objection to a licence renewal which was subsequently overturned, and assisted Pub Culture with the licensing arrangements for various venues including The Fire Station, The Peacock and The Dun Cow. Other clients include a number of supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups, sporting venues, internet sales companies and takeaways.

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North: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Ward Hadaway has particular expertise representing individuals, companies, county councils and NHS trusts in various health and safety investigations by the HSE, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Financial Services Agencies and the police. The team led by Stephen Graham represented a multi-national corporation in an investigation and prosecution following a serious electrocution incident on its site, and acted for a large construction organisation in proceedings brought by the Environment Agency with regards to the illegal escape of water from its site. Richard Arnot is adept at handling food safety work and represents clients before magistrates courts in matters pertaining to food labelling, food hygiene, sell-by date prosecutions and underage sales.

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