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Licensing in North West

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Key areas of work at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP include supporting insolvency practitioners with urgent licensing applications, providing strategic licensing advice to property developers and companies with large leisure portfolios and the licensing of sexual entertainment venues. The team has a specialism in obtaining new premises licenses in areas of cumulative impact. Felicity Tulloch, who focuses on licensing in the leisure sector, jointly heads the practice with Anthony Lyons, who concentrates on providing strategic licensing advice to institutions and landlords.

Key clients

Bruntwood Estates

GG Hospitality (The Stock Exchange Hotel & Hotel Football, Manchester)

Manchester Airport Group

Revolution Bars Group

Rose Pubs Group

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Somerset House Trust, London

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited

The London Science Museum

The New World Trading Company (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited on licenses for new sites in London.
  • Advised the London Science Museum on a premises licence for its new Smith Centre.
  • Provided licensing advice to the property group Bruntwood Estates.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advice on all licensable activities pursuant to the Licensing Act and the Gambling Act, and also offers commercial and strategic advice. The department handles matters for a variety of clients across the hospitality, sports, leisure, health and insurance sectors. The practice has a growing offering for real estate and commercial property clients, including shopping centres and investor landlords. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Key clients

Manchester United Football CLub

City and Country Hotels Limited

Brio Retirement Limited

MITIE Facilities Management Limited

LaSalle Investments (for BAE Systems Pensions Fund Trustees Limited)


The licensing team at DWF focuses on the retail, food and hospitality sectors. Key areas of work include obtaining and maintaining premises licences, handling temporary events and providing advice on the full range of licensing legislation. Senior associate David Crank leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Crank

Key clients

Booker Group

Mucho Mas Limited

NewRiver now Hawthorn Community Pubs

Battersea Power Station Project

Village Hotels

Manchester Metropolitan University

Powerleague Group Limited

Starboard Hotels

Earlsdon Holdings

Colcaster SARL Group

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The licensing team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for an extensive portfolio of clients across the hospitality, leisure, gambling and retail sectors. The team advises hotel operating and owners; works with developers, landlords and occupiers; and has broad experience in both the retail and online gambling sectors, having advised on the acquisition of several business in those areas. Principal associate David Roberts, who has significant expertise in gambling law, heads the team.

Practice head(s):

David Roberts

Key clients

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Buzz Bingo Group

The Football Pools

Four Seasons Hotels

Genting Malta Limited/Gentingbet


Central England Co-operative


The Hut Group

Selina Hotels

Napthens LLP

The dedicated licensing department at Napthens LLP works solely with clients in the leisure industries to deal with the licensing requirements of breweries, pub chains, restaurant groups and hotel groups. Malcolm Ireland heads the practice; his specialisms include alcohol, entertainment and light night takeaway licensing. Samantha Faud, who deals with applications under the Licensing Act and with appeals and judicial reviews, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Ireland

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Faud


‘Malcolm Ireland is exceptional in his role and worked tirelessly in helping us with an appeal against a council licensing sub-committee decision to revoke a licence and remove a tenant.’

Key clients

Admiral Taverns

Hydes Brewery

Seafood Pub Company

James’ Places

Titanic Brewery

Holt Pub Company

Inglenook Inns & Taverns


Blind Tiger Inns

Leo Taverns

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP advises a range of privately funded clients on licensing issues including alcohol and entertainment, gambling and vehicle licensing. The practice, however, is best known for its expertise in firearms and shotgun licensing, and represents shooting clubs, firearms-related businesses and individual certificate holders. Lachlan Nisbet heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lachlan Nisbet


‘Brabners offer an unrivalled service in the area of licensing work. They have deep experience of firearms licensing as well as the wider range of licensing cases.’

‘They are without doubt the market leaders in firearms licensing nationally.’

‘An excellent team with good specialist knowledge background .’

Key clients

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

Work highlights

  • Advise on a wide range of firearms and shotguns appeals and the grant of status as a registered firearms dealer.

Licensing Legal

Specialist licensing firm Licensing Legal advises on the full range of licensing legislation, including premises licences, personal licences, gaming permits, sexual entertainment licenses and temporary event notices. Anthony Horne  heads the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Horne