Licensing in North West

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The 'superb' licensing practice at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is 'pre-eminent' nationally and in the North West. Key areas of work include obtaining new premises licences and provisional licenses, planning issues and diversification work. Practice head Felicity Tulloch is a top choice for leisure sector clients, while senior associate Rebecca Ingram advises on all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing for premises including pubs, bars, restaurants, large event spaces, festivals and developments. The 'enormously experienced and knowledgeable' Anthony Lyons is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Tulloch

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Lyons; Rebecca Ingram


‘Very efficient, easy to contact, friendly service – from the accounts team to the main contact.’

‘A superb licensing team with a pre-eminent reputation in the North West and an impressive client list in London.’

‘Felicity Tulloch has extremely good judgement and is very well connected.’

‘Rebecca Ingram is a rising young star in licensing.’

‘Kuits is one of the leading licensing firms in the country, and handles a significant proportion of Manchester’s hospitality work. The company also has strengths in planning and noise nuisance.’

‘Anthony Lyons is enormously experienced and knowledgeable and personable.’

‘Rebecca Ingram is great to work with. Always very responsive and provides excellent advice. Her knowledge of her sector is second to none.’

Key clients

Allied London

Brewdog Retail Limited

Bruntwood Estates

Flat Cap Hotels

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

Mission Mars Group

Revolution Bars Group

Somerset House Trust, London

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited

The New World Trading Company (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advisde on all licensing matters in England and Wales for Brewdog, including new and existing sites and a brand new Brewdog Hotel concept.
  • Advised the fast growing Alchemist brand, dealing with all licensing matters in England and Wales for The Alchemist bars and restaurants.
  • Advised on numerous matters for national property development and investment company Allied London, including in Manchester and Leeds.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP focuses on firearms licensing issues; the practice is headed up by Lachlan Nisbet, who acts for the British Association of Shooting and Conservation. The team advises on compliance issues, Section 5 offences, applications in respect of prohibited persons, kinetic testing failures, antique firearms and matters related to alcohol and psychiatry. The department also acts for a range of privately funded clients across the full spectrum of licensing issues, including alcohol and entertainment, gambling and vehicle licensing work.

Practice head(s):

Lachlan Nisbet

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte McRae


‘Best firearms licensing solicitors in England and Wales without a doubt. Completely understand the market and have more experience than anyone else.’

‘ Lachlan Nisbet runs a tight ship and is very knowledgeable – excellent at assessing the risks in this field. Charlotte is adored by clients for a can-do attitude and being approachable. Both go far beyond what might be expected. Dynamic team – who manage this market nationally from Liverpool.’

‘Charlotte McRae is a great addition to the team. She is hardworking and determined. She is a star and making a real impact. The clients love her.’

Key clients

British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

Work highlights

  • Appointed as legal adviser for the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's licensing team advises clients across a range of industries, including the real estate, hospitality, sport and health sectors. The group assists with all licensable activities and advises on the Licensing Act, the Gambling Act, marriage licences and specialist licensing mandates. Practice head Jan Levinson is an accredited mediator and handles contentious work.

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)

Robert Hitchins Limited

Hydes’ Brewery

Bellway Plc

Crest Nicholson Plc

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP' Blackburn-based licensing team works with clients in the leisure industries encompassing breweries, pub chains, restaurant groups and hotel groups, acting on the full range of licensing requirements. Group head Malcolm Ireland is highly recommended for alcohol and entertainment licensing issues, and late night take-away licensing work, and also represents clients in Magistrates’ Court appeals, and judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Ireland


‘They are always proactive and indeed during the everchanging regulatory framework during the Covid-19 pandemic, have been extremely helpful in challenging some of the enforcement actions taken by regulatory bodies which clearly have fallen outside the scope of the regulation and guidance.’

‘Malcolm Ireland is both knowledgeable and capable. He enjoys a good relationship with the licensing bodies in the North West where he has a strong network but is also very capable operating across a wider geography.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, pragmatic, always approachable and genuinely provides a collaborative service.’

‘Malcolm Ireland provides exceptional service levels for both corporate partners and individuals.’

‘I found Napthens very approachable, easy to work with and very informative about the process.’

‘Malcolm Ireland has his feet firmly in operational concerns and provides tremendous support and advice. His knowledge and advice is invaluable.’

Key clients

Daniel Thwaites Plc

Frederic Robinson

Admiral Taverns

Trust Inns

Timothy Taylor & Co

Hydes Brewery

Titanic Brewery

Holt Pub Company

Inglenook Inns & Taverns

Blind Tiger Inns

Leo Taverns


Seven Brothers Brewery

Whalley Wine Bar

High Spirits Leisure Group

Lancaster Brewery

Work highlights

  • Advised an operator on the repurposing and reopening of a nightclub following the national lockdown.
  • Obtained a premises licence enabling Northern Powerhouse Events Limited to host music festivals for up to 10,000 people in the historic Williamson Park in Lancaster with very flexible conditions.
  • Acted on behalf of Admiral Taverns Limited in relation to a review of the premises licence from the police which sought revocation of the licence.


In DWF's Liverpool office, senior associate David Crank  heads up the licensing team, acting for a range of clients including pubs, restaurants and hotels on obtaining and maintaining licences for the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment.

Practice head(s):

David Crank