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Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields ‘an absolutely first-class team’ headed by Anthony Lyons, who is ‘hugely experienced and unflappable, with a preternatural ability to get the right results for his clients’. Lyons (‘one of the leading licensing lawyers in the UK’) and  Felicity Tulloch  are both ‘really strong – they know their subject inside out and know the ‘ecology’ in which they work’. The team has a growing client base of multi-site operators, property developers and individuals such as Revolution Bars, Living Ventures and Turtle Bay, and has a proven track record of handling high-profile licensing issues. The group has developed a specialism for being successful in obtaining new premises licences in so called areas of cumulative impact, and has a busy workload assisting the firm’s property department with servicing the licensing needs of a number of existing clients such as St Modwen, Allied London and Bruntwood Estates when these clients are developing properties in Manchester and beyond.

The licensing team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  specialises in providing strategic licensing advice on complex and high-value matters to clients across a variety of sectors such as real estate, hospitality, leisure, public sector and health. The team’s client base includes Manchester United, EE, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and Mitie. Key figures include practice head Jan Levinson and senior associate Andrew Martin, who has particular experience acting for clients in the sports and entertainment sectors.

At DWF the ‘excellent’ David Crank  heads the licensing team and is praised for his ‘considered, sensible and commercially viable advice'. The department has considerable retail sector expertise and acts for clients such as Home Bargains and Poundworld. Other active clients include Village Hotels and Liverpool F.C.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘knowledgeable’ principal associate David Roberts is praised for his ‘clear and measured advice; he does what he does well without wasting valuable time’. Roberts’ practice focuses on licensing and gambling law, and he plays a key role in developing the firm’s retail, hotels and leisure sector groups at both a national and international level. Clients include household names such as Hilton Worldwide and Gala Bingo. Highlights included supporting Genting Casinos on the transfer of its online gambling operation that had been based in Alderney to a UK based operation. In other significant matters it advised Land Securities on its licensing requirements for its Westgate Oxford retail leisure scheme.

Anthony Horne  is the key figure at Licensing Legal, which advised Blackpool Council on two applications for a review of local takeaways. In another highlight the team was instructed to lodge an application for the grant of a premises licence for a new restaurant in a development in Manchester that is undergoing consultation for a special policy.

The ‘highly competent, responsive and proactive’ licensing team at Napthens LLP  ‘resolves issues quickly and has genuine business acumen that it brings to bear to its everyday work’. The team is headed by the ‘extremely knowledgeable, nimble and commercial’ Malcolm Ireland , who is ‘quick to spot issues and solve them appropriately’. He routinely advises on variations, transfers, enforcement appeals and judicial reviews and has particular expertise in areas such as alcohol and entertainment licensing as well as late night take-away licensing. Solicitor Samantha Faud  is ‘very capable and responsive’. Clients include Daniel Thwaites and Inglenook Inns & Taverns.

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