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Licensing in South East

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP is renowned for its work on major sporting and large entertainment venue licensing, and regularly advises national and international clients on compliance. Led by Sue Dowling, who is widely regarded as a leader in this field, the practice is instructed by clients across the hospitality, leisure and sports sectors on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. The team is also experienced in representing clients in hearings and has a cross-over with its employment practice.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Key clients

Tottenham Hotspur Ltd/ Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co Limited

The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

AEG Europe/The O2

Royal Academy of Arts

Marylebone Cricket Club (in relation to Lord’s Cricket Ground)

Henley Royal Regatta

John Gaunt & Partners

John Gaunt & Partners has an excellent standing in the market, and is well-regarded for its specialist licensing expertise. Led by Jon Wallsgrove, who has over twenty-five years of experience in the field, the team handles the full spectrum of licensing and regulatory matters for a roster of leading national and international clients spanning across hospitality and retail sector. Practice head Wallsgrove also has criminal law defence expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jon Wallsgrove

Key clients

Whitbread Group PLC

Marston’s PLC

Marks & Spencers

Sodexo Ltd

Odeon Cinema Group


John Lewis

In Bev

Trust Inns Ltd

Belvar Life (UK) ltd


Black Sheep Brewery


Melia International

Legacy Hotels

The Devonshire Group

Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

Southern Co-op




Heritage Portfolio



David Lloyds Leisure

Bravo Inns

The Goodwood Estate

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Work highlights

  • Advised the BBC on securing new offices and studios at 1 Central Square, Cardiff, which has been undergoing significant redevelopment in recent years.
  • Providing licensing advice to John Lewis & Partners, including licensing variations flowing from the substantial refurbishment of key stores including Southampton.
  • Supported KPMG in the administration of Beales Limited to ensure the continuation of the premises licenses which required immediate action.

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has extensive experience acting for large national restaurant estates and retail leaders on the full scope of licensing matters. The practice, under the leadership of Karen Lush, handles all premises and personal licensing and undertakes advisory work for national clients. Sandra Graham is a specialist in alcohol and entertainment licensing, as well as planning aspects of matters. The team also has the capacity to represent clients in court. Other team members include Julia Palmer, whose focus includes the Gambling Act 2005 and other betting issues.

Practice head(s):

Karen Lush

Other key lawyers:

Julia Palmer; Sandra Graham

Key clients

Nando’s Chickenland Ltd

Pizza Hut UK Ltd

Chelsea FC

MOD Pizza Ltd

Goals Soccer Centres

K.T.O. Lt

Work highlights

  • Assisting a Scottish firm with the English licensing aspect of their client’s acquisition of a sports club estate as a going concern where the premises license holder became insolvent, resulting in the lapse of the 42 English premises licenses.
  • Assisting a client with continuing rollout of refurbishments to their estate nationwide which includes issuing numerous applications for full and minor variations, and liaising with responsible authorities.
  • Representing a national restaurant company in expansion nationally.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Field Seymour Parkes LLP primarily advises on premises and property licensing matters, leveraging the wider firm's real estate offering. Led by associate Mark Banham, the practice handles various licensing applications and sale transfers for clients. The practice sits within the wider property disputes team, meaning it can draw on support from the firm's commercial and contentious property lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Banham

Key clients

Heartstone Inns Limited

Kitopi Kitchens Limited

Westbury Street Holdings Limited

Benugo Limited

Eden Bookmakers