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Sue Dowling

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Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Employment and licensing.


Sue Dowling is head of the Employment law team at Blandy & Blandy LLP and also a nationally recognised expert in venue licensing.

An advocate by training, Sue deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination, with particular emphasis on mental impairment disability discrimination matters.

Sue provides strategic employment law/HR advice to CEOs, MD's, finance directors and HR directors, assisting them in their business decisions and with a view to minimising the risk of employment litigation.  She frequently assists company clients in handling the restructuring of management tiers/teams and, where necessary, the departure of high-level executives – adopting a business, no-nonsense, pragmatic approach.  She is an expert in the tax aspects of exiting arrangements (through Settlement Agreements or otherwise). She also advises clients regarding business immigration matters, including Intra-Company Tier 2 transfers and ‘Business Visitors’ criteria. Sue is a regular advocate (in Tribunals and before Committees).

Also a nationally recognised expert in venue licensing, Sue advises major sports, entertainment and leisure venues in relation to alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. She also provides advice in relation to General Safety and Special Safety Certification of Sports Grounds; Gambling (including Track Betting Licences); PPL; PRS and Wedding Licences.


Trained at Blandy & Blandy, qualified in 1988, became an associate in 1990 and a partner in 1992.


French, German, basic Spanish


Employment Lawyers Association, Immigration Law Practitioners Association, Law Society


University of Coventry, LLB (Hons) Business Law, College of Law (Guildford), LPC


Enjoys spending time with her family, cinema, theatre and being school parent-governor.

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Leading individuals

Sue Dowling - Blandy & Blandy LLP

Within: Licensing

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s licensing team is primarily based in the Reading office and services clients in the sport, entertainment and hospitality sectors. The practice focuses on advising on licensing applications for sporting grounds and entertainment venues, and provides assistance with safety certifications at multiple venues including sporting grounds and wedding sites. It continues to advise Ansco Piazza Building 1, part of the group of companies that operate the AEG venues at The O2, on the redevelopment of the venue from the Millennium Dome into The O2 Arena, most recently assisting with its application for an area of land to be developed into temporary hospitality facilities for the ATP World Tour finals. Other highlights included advising Get Living London on multiple premises licence applications for restaurants and bars at the former Olympic Games site, Victory Park, and providing ongoing advice to the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on its licensing operations at Twickenham Rugby stadium. Other clients include Ascot Racecourse, Henley Royal Regatta, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and The FA Group. Sue Dowling heads the team, specialising in venue licensing.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Blandy & Blandy LLP is ‘excellent’ in discrimination claims and was active in filing disability and race claims against employers on behalf of employees. On the defence side, the practice is representing a financial services company in a tribunal case, where unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, wage deduction and several other claims have been brought by a former school worker. Other employer clients include technology, construction and education sector companies. Tim Clark is ‘efficient and diligent’ in reorganisation, restructuring, redundancy and TUPE matters, while ‘very professional’ practice head Sue Dowling provides ‘considered and sensible advice’ during litigation prevention, restructurings, senior-level departures and disability discrimination matters.

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