Licensing in North
Mincoffs Solicitors LLP
Mincoffs Solicitors LLP primarily represents operators across the North East, as well as clients further afield in Wales, Manchester and Birmingham. Matthew Foster is the go-to name for preparing and negotiating licensing applications, as well as in relation to contentious applications, prosecutions and reviews. The practice also acts for gaming clients as well as providing training services. Notable in the team is consultant Tim Gray, who advises on taxi licensing.
Other key lawyers:
For the People Entertainment
High Street Group
Swaddle Micro Brewery
- Instructed on a New Premises Licence application for a nightclub within Sunderland City Centre’s night time economy.
- Instructed on a Contested Premises Licence application, which was successfully obtained before Durham City Council Sub Licensing Committee.
- Representing Beeronomy in relation to an Appeal against its successful grant of a Premises Licence by a trade objector.
- Instructed on behalf the High Street Group in regards to a purchase of a trading hotel in South Shields known as The Sea Hotel.
- Instructed in relation to several licensing applications by this client over the course of the year.
Sintons LLP's work covers a range of licensing law, from general administration and new applications to appeals and defending reviews of licences. The practice, led by taxi licensing laws specialist Sarah Smith, regularly deals with applications in cumulative impact policy areas and is particularly well-known for working in collaboration with licensing authorities and responsible bodies. Also notable in the team is consultant Barry Speker, who acts for restaurants and takeaways on licensing and property matters.
Other key lawyers:
Alnwick Garden Enterprise
Sandman Hotel Group
Newcastle United Football Club
- Assisted the client in producing a bundle of evidence to present to the Magistrates’ Court in response to a Closure Notice. The District Judge at the hearing agreed that, subject to a short period for the licence holder to retrain staff and update operating systems, that the premises should reopen without significant delay.
- The client sought a premises licence to operate a pavilion for events and functions, a restaurant, café and other event spaces within an old walled garden near Redcar. A persuasive presentation resulted in the granting of this licence.
- Advised and assisted the Club in making the necessary variation to their premises licence to permit large music concerts at St James Park.
- Assisted the client in obtaining the appropriate licences and approvals to cater for a week of open air concerts held in the Pastures of Alnwick Castle.
- Instructed by client to obtain a premises licence for a large empty site at the edge of Newcastle’s main retail centre. The proposal was to provide 40 shipping containers within which there would be a mix of retail, food as well as event space for a programme of entertainment.
Ward Hadaway's practice advises on all aspects of the Licensing Act, with clients including national supermarket chains, hotel groups, restaurants, sporting venues and internet sales. Licensing specialists Stephen Graham and Richard Arnot lead the team, which has notable experience in contested applications and securing licences across the country.
Stephen Graham; Richard Arnot
Co-op Group Food – BW check: does this mean Co-op? JF:Changed
Malmaison Hotels/Hotel du Vin (Fraser Hospitality)
- An application for a new premises licence in Camden, which despite objection from the police and licensing authority, was granted.
- An application for variation of a premises licence for a bar in Newcastle City centre’s cumulative impact zone, which was granted.
- Application for a new premises licence in Brighton, which was granted despite considerable local opposition.
- The council had reviewed and revoked a premises licence associated with the client. The decision was appealed and other applications made which were objected to. The process was very complicated but resolved by the granting of a new licence.