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    • Bruce Faulkner - Rogers and Norton
    • Hugh Rowland - Gotelee Solicitors
    • Harriet Wells - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Associate Julie Gowland leads a team at Birketts LLP that has a strong regional presence and a dedicated focus on licensing matters. Its diverse client base includes brewers, hotel chains, night clubs, race courses, event operators, churches, wedding venues, public houses and concert promoters. Solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk is part of the corporate criminal defence team in which the licensing practice sits, as is experienced barrister Laura Thomas. The team advised TA Hotel Collection on numerous licensing applications including variations to premises licences. It also prepared several new premises licences for Gastro Pubs Ltd, which operates Middletons Steakhouse & Grill outlets. Clients also include Patisserie Valerie and Whitwell & Reepham Railway.

Clients of Mills & Reeve LLP are ‘always pleased with the professional and efficient service’ provided by the ‘first-class team of lawyers’. Licensing specialist and head of department Harriet Wells has 18 years’ experience in all aspects of licensing and regularly appears before the Licensing Authorities and the Magistrates Courts. She advised new client Cheval Residences Ltd on applications for five new premises licences for luxury residences in central London. All applications were successful despite one being opposed by local residents. Further highlights included achieving a major licence variation for Theatre Royal (Norwich) Ltd to extend its licensed area to include a new four-storey building; a variation of premises licence allowing University of Bedfordshire to host boxing and wrestling exhibitions; and making significant changes to the licensing arrangements of Cambridge college Peterhouse.

The licensing practice at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich operates under the guidance of a respected litigator in Hugh Rowland, who has developed a niche specialism advising SME clients on liquor licensing. He recently acted for residents of a quiet rural area in their opposition to a wedding venue licence application, and successfully advised a development company opposing a different wedding venue licence application on the grounds that it would have caused significant financial loss. Rowland regularly receives referrals from across the UK and from overseas clients.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is known for its practical advice on new licence applications, including pre-application guidance on the suitability and viability of a proposed licence. Associate director Kelly Peck from the firm’s property team in Cambridge and senior solicitor Michelle Cox from the firm’s property disputes team in Peterborough are the key contacts. Their highlights included the transfer of a licence following the sale of a public house, obtaining a new premises licence after the sale of freehold premises, and numerous new applications for small businesses including cafés and wedding venues.

Norwich-based firm Rogers and Norton has one of the leading licensing experts in East Anglia in Bruce Faulkner. He is known for his ‘practical and measured approach to licensing work and his good connections within the local community’. His work as part of the firm’s commercial property team covers the full scope of new licence applications, variations and transfers, including resolving problems clients have run into while trying to handle their own application process. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the leisure and tourism sector, having acted for many hotels and restaurants both locally and nationally.

Blocks’s licensing practice in Ipswich is led by litigation partner Graham Mead, who handles a steady flow of applications for liquor, betting and gaming licences. Corporate partner Andrew Fleming regularly advises local businesses on licensing reviews.

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