Licensing in East Midlands

Poppleston Allen

Poppleston Allen is the preeminent firm of licensing solicitors. James Anderson‘s work includes advising on the licensing aspects of development work and presenting applications for major refurbishments and new licences. Managing partner Lisa Sharkey and senior partners Jonathan Smith and Graeme Cushion are highly experienced advisers to pubs, restaurants, retailers and nightclubs, among many others.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Sharkey

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Smith; James Anderson; Graeme Cushion


‘A fantastic licensing practice which deserves its reputation. A dedicated team, always willing to go above and beyond to assist with licensing queries. Sharing a fountain of knowledge via their website, conferences and guides.’

‘They are the industry go-to team. Exceptional service from real experts. Very easy to deal with and super commercial in their approach with great service standards.’

Key clients

Urban Pubs and Bars

The Howard de Walden Estate

Five Guys


Boparan Restaurant Group

Consolidated Developments

Fuller’s Pubs

D&D Restaurants


Admiral Taverns


Vue Cinema


Azzurri Group


Café Concerto

Youngs Pubs

Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

Domino’s Pizza

Parkdean Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Outernet London, an entertainment complex currently under construction in the West End of London, on acquiring 17 new premises licences and 1 variation of a premises licence.
  • Advised Domino’s Pizza on gaining new premises licences for 30 stores to add the sale of alcohol to their food delivery.
  • Advising D&D London on obtaining premises licences to use outside spaces for additional occupancy.

Flint Bishop LLP

Flint Bishop LLP’s licensing department is led by Andrew Cochrane and has extensive experience in all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing, including the tenanted pub market. Based in Derby, the practice is well established in the Midlands and routinely works with Derbyshire and national pubs, clubs, restaurants, off licences and hotels. Senior associate George Domleo and solicitor Karen Cochrane are its other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cochrane

Other key lawyers:

George Domleo; Karen Cochrane

Key clients

Star Pubs & Bars Limited

AXIOM Hospitality

Youth Hostel Association

Macdonald Hotels Limited

Kew Green Hotels

Almarose hotels ( QHotel Collection )

National Trust

Chilled Pub Company

East London Pub Company

Beavertown Brewery

Work highlights

  • Assisted with an application for a new premises licence at Beavertown Brewery in Haringey to enhance their visitor experience.
  • Advised East London Pub Co on obtaining pavement licences for their various sites across London.
  • Working with Rosebery Mayfair Residents Association as objectors to a new application for a premises licence in Mayfair. Work involved extensively working with Westminster City Council Licensing Policy to form our objections and deal with the hearing before Westminster City Council Licensing Committee.

Freeths LLP

At Freeths LLP, Lisa Gilligan is ‘an extremely talented licensing solicitor’ , advising all sectors of the licensed and leisure industry including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, investors, and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Gilligan


‘The team are extremely professional yet friendly and personable to deal with. Their advice and expertise is always sound and their strategies extremely effective. They’re excellent at getting local authorities on side which is extremely challenging.’

‘Lisa Gilligan is an extremely talented licensing solicitor. Her work for our business has been outstanding. She is calm, friendly and professional and she creates excellent relationships with stakeholders and local authorities.’

‘Lisa Gilligan is hugely knowledgeable, trustworthy and approachable. Timely, accurate and commercially-minded advice is always provided in a form which is suitable to the audience it is being delivered to.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Cheshire Cat Pubs


Butcombe Brewery


Davys Wine Bars

Re-Imagined Quality

Vyne & Jazz

Charles Wells & Co

Centre Island Hotels

RedCat Pub Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Aldi on all licensing matters supporting an ambitious expansion programme and providing a full licensing administrative service for an estate in excess of 900 stores nationwide.
  • Advising in relation to all licensing matters for the NEC Group venues.
  • Advising Laine Pub Company in relation to licensing applications for an estate of 53 pubs are located in London and SE predominately within areas of CIZ’s.


Philip Ryan and Elaine Rayner are the contacts to note at Shoosmiths LLP's Northampton-based licensing practice; they advise on the full range of issues relating to the Licensing Act 2003, and support licensed operators with issues such as anti-social behaviour, noise, planning and regulatory matters. Ryan is also well-versed in other licensable activities such as vehicle operation, taxi licensing and music.

Practice head(s):

Phil Ryan; Elaine Rayner

Key clients

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Next Retail Limited


Global Hospitality Limited

Capital Arches Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise McDonalds on the full range of licensing matters, such as premises licence applications, variations of premises licences, change of registered office addresses, temporary event notices as well as ensuring all of their annual fee payments are made each year.
  • Instructed by Capital Arches Group Limited to handle their licensing portfolio, including obtaining new premises licences, managing the payment of their annual fees and varying premises licences where required. Recently submitted  over 50 TEN applications for the November/December Christmas period to enabled all of their premises to open extended hours during the late-night refreshment period.