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Sue Dowling

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Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Employment and licensing.


Sue Dowling heads up the employment and licensing teams. She advises both individuals and organisations and specialises in employment litigation with a particular focus on unlawful discrimination claims, pensions auto-enrolment and business immigration issues. She 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. Sue has a strong background in advocacy and still appears regularly before employment tribunals and other forums, including licensing committee hearings (relating to alcohol and entertainment licensing). Primarily through that advocacy background, she has developed niche expertise on alcohol an entertainment licensing issues. Accordingly, as well as being involved (on a day-to-day basis) in complex employment cases, she is also involved in distinct licensing projects for major venues including Wembley Stadium, the O2 Arena and Ascot Racecourse.


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; The Law Society.


University of Coventry (LLB Business Law); College of Law, Guildford.


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 β€˜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 β€˜efficient and diligent’ in reorganisation, restructuring, redundancy and TUPE matters, while β€˜very professional’ practice head Sue Dowling provides β€˜considered and sensible advice’ during litigation prevention, restructurings, senior-level departures and disability discrimination matters.

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