The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for a range of household name clients and high-profile operators seeking licensing advisory services, including national supermarkets, hotel groups, and restaurants. The team also offers licensing advice to large developments in the residential, leisure, and retirement accommodation spaces, such as obtaining shadow licences. The broad practice handles alcohol and gambling licensing, as well as any commercial and IP issues that may arise alongside. Solicitor advocate Jeremy Bark heads up the practice following Craig Baylis's departure to Kingsley Napley LLP. With over 20 years' experience, Bark regularly works with key clients such as Tesco and Marriott Hotels on a range of matters.
Licensing in London
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
With ‘great experience and skill’, the licensing specialists at Keystone Law handle a broad range of matters concerning alcohol and gambling, alfresco dining, and live music rights. Barrister Gareth Hughes has a wealth of experience securing complex licences in highly controlled areas such as Shoreditch, Westminster, and Camden, and has a significant planning practice. The ‘outstanding’ Andrew Wong advises on large-scale development projects in central London, such as Borough Yard. Highly experienced advocate Niall McCann is notable for his tactical approach to contentious licensing issues, and Marcus Lavell deals with nightclubs and bars in Stress Areas with Cumulative Impact Policies. Robert Sutherland works with operators and landlords, regularly licensing prestigious concert venues, music festivals, and sporting events, while James Daglish is a leisure and hospitality sector expert with a specialism in the emerging CBD market.
Other key lawyers:
Gareth Hughes; Andrew Wong; Niall McCann; Marcus Lavell; Robert Sutherland; James Daglish
‘Andrew Wong and Marcus Lavell are a great team – inventive and assiduous.’
‘Great experience and skill at a number of levels of seniority.’
‘Andrew Wong is outstanding, Exceptionally commercial in his approach. Finds solutions where others only see problems. Particularly good for central London hotels, restaurants and major leisure developments.’
‘Marcus Lavell is very pragmatic and able, and Niall McCann has a stellar client base and provides sound advice. Gareth Hughes and Robert Sutherland are both vastly experienced’
‘Niall McCann at Keystone Law has the great virtue of responsiveness, accessibility and a real understanding of the sector in which he works. He doesn’t try and bill for every single phone call; his approach to billing is clear, holistic and client focused.’
‘I generally work with Niall McCann. He’s responsive, commercially minded in his advice, accessible, has his ear to the ground (and therefore alert to developments in the industry) and is well known to licensing authorities. He has a great down to earth approach, very knowledgeable on his subject, but practical in his advice. Strongly recommended.’
Borough Yards – Development
Proud West End Limited
Bad Axe Throwing
Lou Lou Groupe
The Chiswick Park Unit Trust
The Brighton Zip Wire
Globalgrange Hotels Limited
Highgate group of New York
Immerse London Ltd
Lawmans (UK) Limited
FL Holding Limited
Inception Group (inter alia Foggs brand premises in central London)
Club Glam Limited
The Shuffle Group Limited (t/a The London Shuffleboard Club)
Hunch Sports Ltd
Jumbo Interactive Limited
OBS Hotel Limited
All the Ducks Limited (t/a The Natural Kitchen)
Nightlight Leisure Ltd (t/a Simmons Bars)
Filimonov Restaurants Limited
Time Out Market London Limited
The Hurlingham Club
Poppy and Rosie
The Museum of the Home
The Other House
- Advised on the various phases of the multi-billion project run by Knight Dragon in developing the new hyper City in the Greenwich regeneration area and the peninsula all around the O2 Millennium Dome and next to Canary Wharf.
- Obtained the grant of 14 new Premises Licences for all the restaurants and bars at Borough Yards, London, in the heart of Southwark’s Cumulative Impact Zone.
- Advised Proud West End Limited, who holds a lease and operates Proud Embankment, in successfully retaining all the current hours, and the broader (existing use), with Proud volunteering that private parties henceforth be dealt with under Temporary Event Notices.
The lawyers at Poppleston Allen are ‘subject matter experts and tactical problem solvers’, expertly handling licensing matters both nationwide and in London. The team handles a broad range of work in the licensing space, including new premises licence applications, varying existing licences and regulatory work. With an intimate knowledge of the licensing process in London, practice head and experienced solicitor advocate Lisa Inzani regularly advises clients on high value licensing applications and related enforcement issues. Associate David Inzani is praised for providing ‘clear, measured and pragmatic licensing advice.’ – he handles alcohol and entertainment licensing for a variety of major businesses, with recent work including advising Selfridges on their acquisition of new premises licences for casual dining restaurants.
Other key lawyers:
‘Lisa Inzani is efficient, intelligent, approachable but most of all reliable. She will always go the extra mile for her clients.’
‘Subject matter experts and tactical problem solvers.’
‘As a business we work most closely with David Inzani who we can always rely on when it comes to providing clear, measured and pragmatic licensing advice. Furthermore, David is friendly, calm, engaging and has a genuine interest in meeting the future needs of the business.’
‘I find Lisa Inzani’s licensing team very reactive, prompt and efficient in comparison with other licensing firms.’
‘I have dealt with the team at Poppleston Allen on licensing matters for over 12 years now. In all that time we have not had a premises licence application refused. Their knowledge and understanding of how we operate our businesses is invaluable when it comes to dealing with the various local authorities across the country.’
‘Lisa Inzani has looked after our account for many years. The continuity of service is extremely important and is consistently delivered by Lisa and also her associates. It is easy for licensing issues to slip through the cracks for a multi site operator, but the team ensure that we remain compliant at all times and go above and beyond to ensure that our restaurant teams are managing their premises within the terms of their premises and pavement licences.’
‘The key strength of the team is its knowledge and understanding of the licensing and leisure market in which it practices. Highly experienced lawyers with commercial judgment which they bring to bear on legal advice to clients.’
‘Poppleston Allen are experts in licensing law, they have worked with us on for many years on all licencing matters. They guide us through complex matters on new sites and variations on existing sites. They are commercial, deliver within tight timescales and are very responsive.’
Thunderbird Fried Chicken
Caprice Holdings/The Birley Group
Point A Hotels
The Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel
Lovett Enterprises Ltd
Urban Leisure Group
Royal Horticultural Society
51st State (Mad Husky Events Ltd)
The Ivy Collections
Bill’s Restaurants Limited
Honest Burgers Ltd
- Advised Caprice Holdings Ltd on the premises licence application and subsequent licensing hearing for their new, 230 seat restaurant in Mayfair.
- Advised renowned retailer Selfridges on their premises licence applications for the restaurant operators Pizza Pilgrims and Din Tai Fung which are now operating from their Oxford Street location.
- Advised the Royal Horticultural Society on moving the dates of the Chelsea Flower Show and adding an extra day of operations to help manage capacities due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP
A 'first-class operation with a core of key industry experts', Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP almost exclusively undertakes work in cumulative impact or special policy areas, amassing a broad client base of London's most iconic bars, members' clubs, retailers, and theatres. Drawing on over 30 years' experience, Alun Thomas has significant expertise in licensing as well as planning and regulatory crime, and continues to directly advise the Royal Parks Agency on licensing matters. Dually qualified barrister and solicitor Thomas O’Maoileoin regularly works with London's leading hotel groups and major cultural institutions, while alcohol and entertainment licensing expert Jack Spiegler has considerable experience with planning, environmental law, regulatory legislation, and large scale event planning.
Alun Thomas; Thomas O’Maoileoin; Jack Spiegler
‘Their guidance and advice has always been spot on and assisted us greatly through the complexities of licensing.’
‘They are approachable, have a sense of humour, and are not afraid to disagree.’
‘Thomas & Thomas are a first-class operation with a core of key industry experts central to their success. I have worked very closely with them on everything from 50 premises licences in a cumulative impact area, to minor variations for existing tenants. Each application is treated with the same drive and determination with simple but effective strategies for success. I know we are in safe hands.’
5 Hertford Street
A Man About A Dog Ltd
Allbright Group Ltd
Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Power Station Development Company
Bob Bob Ricard
Burger and Lobster
Canary Wharf Group Plc
Carraig Investments Sarl
Castlebrooke Investments Ltd
Christie’s Education Limited
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
Dockside Vaults Ltd
Fat Duck, The
Fifty Carnaby Limited
Fortnum & Mason
Genuine Restaurants Ltd
Goals Soccer Centres
Golf Masters Limited
Hermes GB Limited
Imperial College London
Imagination Industries Incubator Ltd
KERB (Seven Dials Market)
Lavazza Coffee (UK) Ltd
London Union (Dinerama, Street Feast)
LW Theatres Group Ltd (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Manex Properties Limited (Amano Hotel)
Marugame Udon (Europe) Limited
Miss World Holdings Ltd
Mosela Investments SL
Office Group, The
Pizza Crazy Limited
PRS for Music
Royal Ballet School
Royal Geographical Society, The
Royal Household, The
Royal Parks, The
Smith and Wollensky
Streat Markets Limited (Arcade, Centrepoint)
Thin White Duke Limited
TJX UK (TK Maxx, Homesense)
Urban Pubs and Bars
White Rabbit Fund (Kricket, Lina Stores, A Wong)
Wright Brothers Oyster House Limited
- Acting for the Battersea Power Station Development Company – successfully achieving 34 Provisional Statements for the Battersea Power Station building, as well as licensing the Power Station Hotel and Cinema.
- Acting for The Royal Parks, including a new premises licence obtained in early 2022 to allow for a varied summer 2022 concert programme following the BBC’s announcement of the departure of the Proms from the Hyde Park event calendar.
- Advising on all licensing aspects for the latest 190 bedroom 5* hotel to invest in London, The Peninsula London overlooking Hyde Park – advising on premises licences, special treatment licences, marriage licence and private hire licences.
John Gaunt & Partners
Advising clients across a broad range of licensing matters, John Gaunt & Partners works with leading industry names including pubs, late night operators, restaurants, and hotels, as well as local authorities across the country. Retail licensing expert Jon Wallsgrove co-heads the team; having licensed over 1,000 shops, he is retained by major retailers such as Waitrose and M&S. Michelle Hazlewood handles licensing matters for major pub groups, and was instrumental in advising on policy issues surrounding the rise in drinks spiking in 2021. Tim Shield advises hotel clients and assists with numerous key developments both regionally and in London, while Luke Elford leads the firm’s London office, having recently joined from licensing specialists Woods Whur.
Jon Wallsgrove; Tim Shield; Michelle Hazlewood
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very quick to respond, flexible in their approach and clearly understand the ever changing market and trends. They offer best practice, guidance and support at all times.’
‘Luke Elford has supported our business and a number of our clients for a number of years and continues to do so. He provides great advice, a methodical approach and communicates very clearly.’
‘This specialist firm has established a real presence in London with the acquisition of Luke Elford as a new partner.’
Marks & Spencer’s
Odeon Cinema Group
Portobello Pub Company
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
The Devonshire Group
Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
Wulf & Lamb
David Lloyds Leisure
The Goodwood Estate
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Milton and Mortimer Ltd
Hotel Co 51 UK
- Defended Marston’s PLC in summary review proceedings issued in respect of premises in the Southeast arising from allegation of spiking at the venue.
- Secured a large number of temporary extensions for Odeon licences to mark the release of the latest James Bond movie, which was one of the largest cinema releases of ’21.
- Secured licences for both the Premier Inn and Staycity developments with the Paddington redevelopment area adding over 600 bedrooms and helping facilitate the largest Premier Inn location (excluding airport properties) in the UK.
Kingsley Napley LLP
Kingsley Napley LLP made a key hire in 2021 with the addition of the highly regarded and hugely experienced Craig Baylis, who previously led the licensing team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. With a wealth of experience advising clients across the alcohol, hospitality, and entertainment industries, including gambling and regulatory expertise, Baylis is notable for his success rate with complex licenses in High Impact Areas.
Great Western Developments Ltd
Gorillas Technologies UK Ltd
Hippodrome Casino Ltd
Blanc Brasseries Ltd
Rosa’s London Ltd
Corbin & King Restaurants Ltd
Oakman Inns Ltd
Mildreds Restaurants Ltd
TLT's Bristol-based licensing team provide a range of services to major London establishments including estate management, preserving premises licences, assisting with Late Night Levies, and advocacy for contested applications and licence reviews. Practice head Matthew Phipps advises a catalogue of high-profile clients on regulatory and compliance issues, due diligence, and enforcement processes. Leisure and retail licensing expert Ewen Macgregor is a solicitor advocate providing strategic and policy advisory services to leading clients such as WH Smith and Accor Hotels. The practice is supported by legal director Piers Warne who regularly handles highly contentious and complex matters, appearing before licensing committees and magistrates courts across the country.
Other key lawyers:
Ewen Macgregor; Piers Warne
‘The thing that sets TLT apart is their thoughtful insight into what impacts us and that is borne of the close personal relationship that they engender with clients.’
‘Knowledge, care, reaction, understanding and practicality. They are often called in to stressful reactive situations and they are invaluable. Matthew Phipps and Ewen Macgregor are our normal contacts and they are irreplaceable in our view. They totally understand the licensing issues in the light of commercial interest and I could not commend them enough.’
‘The team always give first rate advice including up-to-date legislation alerts. We feel that they are a part of our own team.’
‘Matthew Phipps is the wisest head in his field.’
‘TLT have a fantastic approach to our businesses, with a real focus on understanding the details of our operations and the way this folds into the legal framework. They have been throughout the pandemic and beyond a shining light of advice and counsel, unwavering in there availability to resolve and direct an approach from a legal and industry perspective. Without them we would have really struggled to survive the challenges we have faced, and without a doubt they will be critical to supporting us in the future as an industry.’
‘The team helped us in a very business and time critical process, and navigated from start to finish with great skill, understanding and knowledge. All of the team were excellent ambassadors for the company, and help achieve our goal.’
‘Ewen Macgregor was superb, and handled our issue with advice and guidance.’
Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut Delivery & Taco Bell)
Ambassador Theatre Group
- Acting for the Ambassador Theatre Group in obtaining a licence for the Playhouse Theatre, London in relation to the production of Cabaret.
- Assisting WHSmith in making applications for new premises licences, and variations of existing licences to extend opening hours and hours for sale of alcohol.
- Assisting Pizza Pilgrims with a new licence application in London Bridge, advising on policy (site is within special policy area), submission of the application and negotiating with authorities. Granted without a hearing.
The specialist practice at Woods Whur handles the full spectrum of licensing applications including new and varied premises licences, Temporary Event Notices, and the full remit of authorisations under the Licensing Act 2003. The team acts for a range of clients from fast food franchises to iconic London nightclubs, and regularly makes complex and highly contested applications in Cumulative Impact Areas. Practice co-head Paddy Whur has considerable experience defending licences before police, trading standards, environmental health and residential opposition, while solicitor advocate Andrew Woods, who co-leads the team, has 'amassed a wealth of experience' in alcohol licensing applications to numerous central London authorities. Christopher Rees-Gay re-joined the practice as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP, with particular expertise in securing licenses for music festivals and large events.
Paddy Whur; Andrew Woods
Other key lawyers:
‘Woods Whur have been our go to licensing practice for over seven years. Woods Whur have been pivotal to the success of our business by delivering great licenses without onerous conditions. This is no mean feat inside a Cumulative Impact Area.’
‘Andy Woods and his team deliver every time for us with a great work ethic and a first class support team who are able to react as fast as we are able to change, which is often. Andy delivered a pandemic response package by delegated authority. We had a similar expert response with the business and planning act delivering a lifeline to struggling business.’
‘Andy Woods has amassed a wealth of experience which he uses to great effect representing our interests. His relationship with the police and local authorities is one of mutual trust and respect. Andy is a natural at hearings, very well prepared with laser focus on the outcome and a stickler for reminding committees of their policy, this is done in such a friendly way it betrays a tenacity that gets the outcomes required.’
Everyman Media Limited
Camden Market Management Company Limited
BTG Licenceco Limited
Heron Foods Limited
London Borough of Newham
Roxy Leisure Limited
Adil Group Limited
Mint Festival Limited
UK Airstream Events Limited
Boom Ventures Limited
New Citizens Limited
- Advised Travelodge with the change of corporate ownership from one company to another. Specific advice on licensing during the change of corporate ownership and submission of all necessary applications to ensure a smooth transition.
- Advised Broadwick Venues in relation to two new premises licence applications; for the granting of a 20,000 capacity festival licence, and a 5,000 capacity events licence.
- Assisted Harrods on Brompton Road with a number of Licensing Act 2003 Premises Licence variations; this included the licensing of the new Baccarat Bar, which was granted later hours after a contested licensing sub-committee hearing.
The Hull-based practice at Gosschalks handles alcohol, entertainment, and gambling licensing for household name clients across the UK, including national supermarkets Asda and Morrisons. Richard Taylor head up the practice with extensive experience advising well-known cinema groups, hotels, public houses, and supermarkets before magistrates courts in England and Wales and the Licensing Boards in Scotland. Taylor is supported by Alex Green, who manages the firm’s health club clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Taylor is one of the most experienced licensing solicitors in the country and a very safe pair of hands.’
Asda Stores Ltd
T J Morris Ltd (Home Bargains)
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Ei Group Ltd (now part of Stonegate Pub Co)
Cineworld Cinemas Ltd
Virgin Active Ltd
Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd
Curzon Cinemas Ltd
Wellington Pub Company PLC
Atlas Hotels Ltd
Deliveroo Hop Ltd
Deliveroo SP Ltd
Euro Garages Ltd
- Instructed by Morrisons to make 60 applications for single premises licences covering both existing stores and petrol filling stations on the same site.
- Advised Stonegate on making around 90 shadow licence applications for tenanted pubs.
- Instructed by the BGC to review and respond to consultations on the review of around 200 licensing authority’s gambling new policies.
The Cardiff-based licensing team at Hugh James handles the full range of alcohol, entertainment, and gambling licensing matters. Additionally, the team has particular expertise in large-scale licensing of festivals and stadia and licensing appeals. Practice head Martin Jones regularly advises on complex music festival and club licenses, as well as undertaking advocacy before licensing sub-committees and appeal courts. Aled Walters supports Jones on gambling licensing matters, and has experience with reviewing licensing documentation for prospective M&A transactions.
Other key lawyers:
John Fisher Sports and Social Club
Bier Nuts Limited
TT Super Limited
Korat Thai Cuisine Limited
Organic Power House Limited
Prediction Champ Limited
Rush Green Community Association
Twist London Limited
ZZ Food Express
TCS John Huxley
Double Diamond Gaming (Rainbow Casino)
Pentasia / Conexus Group
Inspired Gaming (UK) Limited
- Advised John Fisher Sports & Social Club on appeal against revocation of both premises licence and club premises certificate.
- Continuing to advise specialist retailer T T Super Limited on multiple premises licence applications.
- Advised Bier Nuts Ltd on obtaining premises licences for online retail sales of alcohol.
The licensing team at Ince has a wealth of experience with licensing matters in the alcohol and entertainment industries, including advising clients on innovative approaches to operating their premises in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis. Practice head Philip Somarakis has particular expertise defending contested applications for complex licences, such as those for multi-site restaurants and music festivals. Gambling and alcohol licensing expert Andrew Cotton handles licensing matters for numerous casinos, cinemas, and bars. Associate Joanna Onisiforou is also recommended for her work with major property management agencies and landlords.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Cotton; Joanna Onisiforou
‘Very approachable and responsive.’
‘Good knowledge of licensing legislation.’
Easy Drinks Ltd
Adronicas Coffee Co Ltd
Midcounties Co-operative Ltd
Independent Spanish Restaurant (Brighton) Ltd
London School of Economics
- Advised Manuka in respect of a pop up mobile cocktail bar on Worthing seafront. An application was submitted following a tender process by Worthing Council and that was aimed at one way of improving social mobility during Covid by encouraging more people to meet and drink outside.
- Instructed by M’Bar’e to apply for a premises licence for a new restaurant premises under Lambeth Council, which falls within the council’s cumulative impact zone.
- Instructed by BAFTA to apply to vary premises licence with extended hours on Piccadilly for their newly refurbished members club, which involved discussions with Westminster City Council and the Police to submit a comprehensive application.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP provides clients with alcohol licensing, gambling, and civic government licensing advice, as well as regularly supporting with the firm’s wider commercial and real estate practices. Glasgow-based licensing expert Audrey Ferrie works with household name clients in the leisure and hospitality spaces, including casinos and adult entertainment centres seeking gambling licenses. Associate Hannah Burton joined the practice last year from Poppleston Allen, further strengthening the team with a specialism in the licensing of large developments and wider strategic licensing advisory work.
Other key lawyers:
Adil Group (franchisee for KFC, Burger King and Taco-Bell)
Winckworth Sherwood LLP
With a ‘broad range of legal expertise’, Winckworth Sherwood LLP specialises in supermarket and petrol forecourt licensing, while also clients in the restaurant, hotel, leisure, and entertainment sectors. Additionally, the team continues to act for residents and businesses in opposing licences. Robert Botkai heads up the practice, drawing on over 30 years’ experience to act for leading on-trade and off-trade clients.
‘Broad range of legal expertise which has enabled us to use them for advice on licencing, real estate and litigation. Grouping these elements under one firm has been extremely helpful, offering a broad range of advice on all matters when needed. Extremely efficient and assist with a deep understanding of how our business operates.’
‘Multidisciplinary, efficient, commercial.’
‘Robert Botkai is an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and assuring. Licencing is a fundamental element of our business and without his contributions we would have been unable to be successful. He immediately helped us to grasp complex matters and has guided us through several licencing hearings and applications – it is impossible to quantify his contribution, nothing short of phenomenal from an external advisor.’
‘On matters of licencing Robert Botkai’s competent and commercially minded approach has provided us with the tools for success, he has delivered creative solutions to complex problems. The administrational side of his work has always been impressive alongside their legal advice, which has provided a cost effective and accurate volume of work. I cannot fault him as a lawyer, he has excellent ethics and is always on call to offer advice – his dedication is beyond belief. Robert is extremely efficient; he has adapted to our working style immediately and I have been extremely impressed by his rate of execution in all matters.’
‘Strengths: Communication, compassion, commercial mindedness, knowledge of licencing, efficiency, excellent judgement, network within the field of licencing, commitment, administration.’
‘Very efficient, reliable, and good teamwork.’
‘I would give 10/10 to Robert Botkai. We have worked with him since 2016, and I can’t praise him enough. Very efficient, prompt responses to all queries even during out of business hours. His knowledge and experience are great.’
DLA Piper‘s Sheffield-based licensing team offers licensing services covering alcohol, gambling, and entertainment to a range of clients including educational institutions, county councils, hotel groups, and casinos nationwide. The practice has extensive experience with contentious license applications, due diligence, and assisting clients which are seeking to alter their operation by dissolving a company that holds a premises licence. Teresa Hitchcock heads up the practice, and is supported by Alastair Clough and associate Charlotte Gibson.
Other key lawyers:
Alastair Clough; Charlotte Gibson
‘Cooperative, attentive, articulate, understanding, knowledgeable, clear.’
‘DLA Piper have been great to work with. They have fully taken the time to understand our business and approach legal matters with full care and attention. I highly recommend DLA Piper.’
‘I have worked with Charlotte Gibson at DLA Piper for almost a 12-month period. Charlotte’s expertise, advice and assistance to our organisation has been incredible. I cannot thank Charlotte enough for the support provided to our organisation.’
‘My experience has been very good and they make sure the team are aware of developments in case the main contact isn’t available.’
‘My main contact is Charlotte Gibson and I’ve always found her to be very personable and reassuring. She has a knack for taking the emotion out of a situation and sticking to the facts as presented.’
The A&S Leisure Group Limited
Empire Cinemas Limited
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Students’ Union
- Instructed to take care of a cinema operator’s day to day licensing portfolio and operations, including applying for Premises Licences when new sites are acquired, varying existing licences, advising on personal licences, and provide due diligence advice and advise on licence conditions.
Squire Patton Boggs
Drawing on the firm's strengths in the hospitality and retail sectors, the Birmingham-based team at Squire Patton Boggs handles licensing work for hotels and transport hubs across the UK. Practice head Stephanie Perraton has significant expertise handling a range of licences for alcohol, entertainment, and late night food sales. Regulatory compliance specialist Nicola Smith supports the firm's wider corporate, property, and insolvency teams, as well as advising on the licensing of music protected by copyright.
Other key lawyers:
Select Service Partner Limited
One Stop Stores Limited
InterContinental Hotels Group
Valor Hospitality Europe Limited
Trafford Palazzo Limited
Newstay Manchester t/a Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel
- Managing all aspects of the licensed estate for Select Service Partner nationally, including units at mainline stations, international airports, service stations and shopping centres throughout the UK.
- Advising One Stop Stores, who operate over 700 retail convenience stores in England and Wales.
- Acting RBH Management, the largest independent hotel management company in the UK, obtaining licences for two flagship new hotels in London, the Gantry and the Westin London City.
Pillinger & Associates
Licensing specialist Amanda Pillinger leads the practice at boutique firm Pillinger & Associates. Based in Warwickshire, Pillinger advises music festivals, independent businesses, and major supermarkets across the UK - Lidl is a key client.
‘I have found that Amanda Pillinger has a wealth of knowledge in an number of subjects including licensing and employment law. She is very approachable and down to earth. I would have no problem recommending her and the excellent service she provides.’
‘Amanda Pillinger is extremely knowledgeable and proactive. She provides succinct and direct advice that clients can understand, setting out very clearly steps they need to take in the Licensing Process.’
‘Amanda Pillinger provides a first class service. She is a solicitor who you can confidently refer clients to knowing that they will get a first class service.’
Lidl Great Britain Limited
S C Entertainments Limited
- Provide ongoing, regular licensing advice to Lidl Great Britain Limited covering issues such as the application process and compliance.
- Successfully represented Lidl in numerous contested licensing applications, including many where the premises was located in an area subject to a cumulative impact assessment.
- Successfully obtained a new licence for a large music festival.