Licensing in North

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

Clients from a wide variety of sectors instruct the team at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, which is increasingly providing assistance to hotel chains and other players within the hospitality industry. The practice has a national reach, assisting clients from many major cities, including Leeds and Manchester. Areas of expertise include gaming and taxi licensing, the last of which is the key focus of consultant Tim Gray. As well as preparing and negotiating applications, practice head Matthew Foster also acts in relation to contentious applications, prosecutions and reviews.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Foster

Other key lawyers:

Tim Gray

Key clients

ET London Limited

Arban Gegaj

Hot Event Solutions

Metropolitan House (HSG)

High Street Group

Work highlights

  • Obtained a licence for outdoor events which offered a great deal of flexibility to client Hot Event Solutions.
  • Successfully obtained a licence on behalf of Metropolitan House (HSG) within a cumulative impact area in Newcastle City Centre.
  • Protected a commercial lease and sale, as well as allowing the continued delivery of licensable activities following the review of a premises licence.

Sintons LLP

The team at Sintons LLP receives instructions from an enviable range of clients in the North, and assists with the majority of licensing applications submitted to Newcastle City Council. The practice frequently works in collaboration with licensing authorities and other responsible bodies. As well as handling appeals and defending review of licences, the firm also drafts responses to Government and Local Authority Consultation documents on behalf of trade associations. Practice head Sarah Smith has a growing reputation in the taxi licensing field, particularly in the Durham area.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Smith


Very efficient team who know the Gambling Act inside and out.

Sarah Smith stands out as an experienced partner with a good working relationship with Local Authority Licensing officers.

Key clients

Danieli Holdings Ltd

Ladhar Group LLP

Malhotra Group Ltd

Ninkasi Pubco Ltd

Kymel Leisure Ltd

Apartment Group Ltd

Fenwick Ltd

Sandman Hotel Group (UK) Ltd

Newcastle United Football Club Ltd

Ruby May (2) Ltd

Northumberland Estates Ltd

Tup Tup Palace Ltd

Copenhagen 1801 Ltd

HRC Limited

Viehard Ltd

Empress Bar Ltd

Curious Nomads Ltd

Sayturk Ltd

Caterventure Ltd

Castle Square Morpeth Ltd

Market Shaker Ltd

George Kadar

Auckland Project Ltd

Work highlights

  • Obtained the necessary licences to permit the first franchised Hard Rock Café to operate in the UK.
  • Obtained a licence, which covered a large area of farmland, allowing client 700 Acres to offer dedicated events and functions.
  • Obtained a premises licence for a client in a sensitive location with numerous residential objections.