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    • Matt Foster - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP
    • Sarah Smith - Sintons LLP

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The ‘excellent’ team at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP handles the full range of alcohol and entertainment as well as gaming and gambling licensing work, spanning premises licences and temporary events notices to online gambling applications and operating licences. This leads to an equally broad client roster containing hotels, breweries, restaurants, pubs, clubs, off-licences and supermarkets. Team head Matt Foster, who is noted as ‘understanding the politics of the region and the decision-making process of officers very well’, assisted Beeronomy, a bar in Newcastle, with the application for a new premises licence in a cumulative impact area, and advised Hay Bingo on licensing matters pertaining to changes made to the layout of the premises. In other work, the team advised a hotel in Newcastle on gaming and marriage certificates.

With deep expertise in licensing law, Sintons LLP handles the full spectrum of new applications - including applications in cumulative impact policy areas - as well as appeal and review proceedings. Clients particularly benefit from the team’s ‘good contacts with local authority officers’. Team head Sarah Smith is well versed in handling various matters pertaining to the supply of alcohol and the provision of various forms of entertainment. She assisted a client with the application for temporary event notices and new premises licences for three late night bars in the city centre of Newcastle after an administrative error had caused the licences to lapse. In other work, she advised Danieli Holdings on its winter pop-up venue Hadrian’s Tipi and the related licensing application in a cumulative impact policy area for the erection of a temporary structure over the festive period in the city centre of Newcastle; the licence was granted after it had gone through a contested hearing due to an objection from a local business. Spanish City instructed the team to assist with the application for a new premises licence in a historic building in Whitley Bay. Other clients include Northumberland Estates and the Liberdade Community Development Trust.

Ward Hadaway is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious licensing work: co-heads Richard Arnot and Stephen Graham routinely represent clients in various licensing application proceedings - including contested licensing applications - before licensing committees and at appeal. Arnot represented a Leeds-based lap-dancing venue operator in proceedings following an objection to a licence renewal which was subsequently overturned, and assisted Pub Culture with the licensing arrangements for various venues including The Fire Station, The Peacock and The Dun Cow. Other clients include a number of supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups, sporting venues, internet sales companies and takeaways.

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