Licensing in North West

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has an 'outstanding reputation' for licensing work; it acts for a range of national multi-site operators, property developers and individuals, and is well-known for its hospitality and leisure sector expertise. The team advises on a full range of licensing matters and is regularly instructed on high-profile licensing mandates. In the commercial and residential property sector, the team is increasingly advising on provisional licensing to clients with large leisure portfolios. The team also stands out for its experience in obtaining new premises licences in areas of cumulative impact. Anthony Lyons , who is a 'real leader in the field' and 'oozes charm', and the 'exceptional' Felicity Tulloch lead the team. Associate Rebecca Ingram is'very strong on client service'. 

Practice head(s):

Anthony Lyons; Felicity Tulloch

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Ingram


The team works in well collaboration with its clients

The team is always on hand for advice

It is extremely responsive



Key clients

Brew Dog Bars

The New World Trading Company (UK)

Revolution Bars Group (trading as Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba)

Turtle Bay Restaurants

Allied London

Bruntwood Estates

Individual Restaurants Company (Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Gino D’Campo)

Mission Mars

Somerset House Trust, London

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant

Work highlights

  • The team is advising celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo on the expansion of his eponymous restaurant chain, a joint venture with the Restaurant Bar & Grill group of companies.
  • Team assisted the client on Brewdog’s acquisition of the 14 strong Draft House estate of bars and pubs located in London and the South East of England.
  • The licensing team continues to advise on numerous matters for national property company Bruntwood Estates, the most prominent of which is Circle Square, on the site of the former BBC HQ in Manchester, where the team obtained 12 licences in principle for a new city centre commercial and residential development.
  • The team continues to advise Turtle Bay on its rapid nationwide expansion, and has obtained licences this year for new sites in towns and cities including Durham, Southend and Uxbridge.
  • The team has advised The Alchemist on its continued expansion nationwide, and the team has advised them on obtaining licences in 2018 for new sites in towns and cities including City Road in Hackney, London and St. Martin’s Lane in Westminster, London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides licensing advice in complex and high value matters. Although it handles license applications, the team is best known for its ability to provide commercial solutions on strategic licensing requirements. The team acts for a range hospitality, sports, leisure, health and public sector clients, and it is increasingly instructed by real estate and commercial property clients such as large shopping centres and investor landlords. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Martin

Key clients

Manchester United Football Club

MITIE Facilities Management

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Epping Forest District Council


MSV Group

Department of Education

Design Reach Limited

Chester West and Cheshire Borough Council

La Salle (Investments for BAE Systems Pensions Fund Trustees Limited)

City and Country Hotels

Work highlights

  • The team advised City and Country Hotels on the acquisition of a new premises licence for a new boutique hotel at Langley Hall in South Buckinghamshire.
  • The Team continues to provide advice to the pension fund on licensing issues that arise in respect of property within its portfolio.
  • The team advised Lendlease in respect of its Touchwood Solihull shopping centre on the permissions needed to provide alcohol at Christmas markets.
  • The team advised Teesside University on the licensing arrangements of its onsite bar.
  • The team continues to advise the hospital in respect of local licence applications.


DWF is experienced in handling licensing mandates across the food, sports, hospitality and retail sectors and the team regularly advises on matters across the UK. Senior associate David Crank who is 'very experienced' heads the team.

Practice head(s):

David Crank

Key clients

Colcaster SARL Group

Battersea Power Station Project

Village Hotels

Manchester Metropolitan University

Powerleague Group

Starboard Hotels

Earlsdon Holdings


Work highlights

  • Advised Battersea Power Station Development on licences to allow tenants to trade in licensable activities and facilitated the development of the retail and leisure element of the first phase of the Power Station development.
  • Advising Village Hotels on on-site licensing requirements and on the application for new licences as it increases the size of its hotel portfolio.
  • Advising Powerleague Group on the licensing aspects of a CVA for the operational business Powerleague Fives Limited, which included working with the client and accountants to ensure that the premises licences remained live by transfer of portfolio of licences as the CVA was activated to allow continued trade.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its experience in licensing and gambling law and is active across the hospitality, leisure, gambling and retail sectors. It regularly acts for hotel operators and owners, retail and online gambling sector clients, as well as real estate developers, landlords and occupiers. Principal associate David Roberts heads the licensing team.

Practice head(s):

David Roberts

Key clients

Genting Casinos UK

Buzz Bingo Group (formerly Gala Bingo)

The Football Pools


Land securities


Central England Co-operative


Manchester International Festival

Paddy Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Genting on the offshoring to Malta of its online gambling operations, which included advice and guidance on the necessary applications to the UK Gambling Commission for an operating licence for the new company, reviewing and advising in respect of operational policies and procedures, and advising in conjunction with Maltese counsel on differences in local regulatory requirements and strategies to overcome conflicting obligations of the relevant regulators.
  • Represented Manchester International Festival on its application for a premises licence for a cultural events programme in Manchester before the Manchester City Council Licensing Committee.
  • Advised Hilton Worldwide on a premises licence for a new hotel under the Hampton by Hilton brand at Edinburgh Airport.
  • Supported Buzz Group (formerly Gala Leisure) on the licensing implications arising out of its re-branding from Gala Bingo to Buzz Bingo across its UK retail estate.
  • Advised Kambi on multi-jurisdictional gambling regulatory advice for potential new markets.

Licensing Legal

Boutique firm Licensing Legal regularly advises on a range of alcohol, entertainment and gambling licences. Anthony Horne is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Horne

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP stands out for its 'pragmatic' and 'commercial' approach and the team works with clients in the leisure sector to handle the licensing requirements of breweries, pub chains, restaurant groups, nightclubs, off-licenses and hotel groups. Its client-base ranges from single-site operators through to large brewers and pub-owners. Department head Malcolm Ireland 'goes the extra mile' and is an 'exceptional licensing lawyer; he is strong technically'. Solicitor Samantha Faud is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Ireland

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Faud


Malcolm Ireland is charismatic and energetic

The firm stands out for its great customer service

The licensing team is very strong and offers the right blend of technical knowledge, commercial good sense and empathy

Malcolm Ireland is very good at summarising a situation up quickly and is able to adapt his approach


Key clients

Daniel Thwaites

Frederic Robinson

Admiral Taverns

Seafood Pub Company

James’ Places

Holt Pub Company

Titanic Brewery

Inglenook Inns & Taverns

Blind Tiger Inns

Leo Taverns

Work highlights

  • Defended Switch Leisure in summary review proceedings following a serious incident of violent disorder in a venue covered by the same premises licence.
  • Represented Little Dog on an application to vary its premises licence to remove restrictions and increase hours.
  • Represented Southport Pier Café  a contested hearing to obtain a premises licence to allow licensable activities to be carried on at the end of a pier up to 03:00am each day.
  • Advised Titanic Brewery on a premises licence at a train station.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP is best known for its expertise in firearms and shotgun licensing work and the team acts for a number of registered firearms dealers. Team head Lachlan Nisbet operates across the firm's Liverpool, Manchester and Preston offices.

Practice head(s):

Lachlan Nisbet


‘Strongest firearms licensing team in the UK. Depth of numbers and experience. No one comes close.’

‘Lachlan Nisbet has amassed a wealth of experience in this field. He is efficient and knows exactly what is needed.’