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    • Ewen Macgregor - Gregg Latchams LLP
    • Michael Phipps - TLT

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TLT  acts for a large number of estates that own and operate licensed premises. It also deals with estate management licensing applications such as changes of designated premises supervisors (DPS),  variation to layout, transfers and gaming applications. Clients include single site events such as Glastonbury Music Festival, which has the largest premises licence in the UK, and also large pub chains with thousands of licensed premises such as Punch Taverns or Greene King. Other clients include Barburrito, Las Iguanas, Hawthorn Leisure, SA Brain & Company and Boston Tea Party. Recent highlights include undertaking the licensing for the sale of hot food and drink late at night for the YUM! estate, which encompasses Pizza Hut delivery, Taco Bell and KFC. In another highlight the practice acted for Eastern Electrics Festival in a bid to move the event to a new location in Morden Park. Objections were received from the Metropolitan Police, the Licensing Authority, the Fire Service, the Environmental Health Service and local residents. After dialogue and discussion with the authorities and a successful hearing, permission was granted to move the festival. Matthew Phipps  leads the team and has extensive knowledge of the Licensing Act 2003 and related legislation, and often provides clients with in-house training on licensing issues.

Burges Salmon LLP¬† advises on high-value disposals and acquisitions of businesses with licensed interests. It specialises in multi-site, large, licensed portfolios and advises on a range of licensing matters including alcohol, entertainment, gambling, caravan site licensing, taxi, marriage licenses, HMO licenses, street trading and SIA licensing. It also advises online gambling operators and start-ups on a range of licensing issues. Clients include The Crown Estate, The Racecourse Association, Adelie Foods Group Limited, Canadian and Portland Estates and Riverside Edge Limited. Recent work highlights include advising the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio which includes public-facing premises licences associated with conferences, events and weddings and also Club Premises Certificates. The firm also advises Darwin Property Investment on its licensed leisure portfolio, which includes advising on licensing regimes such as alcohol, entertainment, gambling, gaming, caravan site licensing and family entertainment centre issues. It recently advised on several multi-million pound deals in the acquisition of new sites. Senior associate and head of licensing Joanne Attwood¬†specialises in contentious and non-contentious licensing and gaming issues and also advises on contractual and regulatory issues. She is ‚Äėapproachable, professional, very bright and accomplished‚Äô.

Bond Dickinson LLP and US firm Womble Carlyle combined to form Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in October 2017. The firm provides alcohol and gambling licenses across England, Wales and Scotland. Areas of expertise include estate management, such as DPS and DPM variations, policy and legislation advice, new license applications and maintaining licenses by review. It also provides due diligence on acquisition and disposal of licensed estates, including liquidations and investigations and prosecution work in relation to underage and unlawful sales. Recent work highlights include advising on the merger between Coral Racing and Ladbroke, forming Ladbroke Coral, and also drafting and lodging all new applications for licences for Ladbroke Coral. The firm continued to provide day-to-day licensing advice to the estate of Accor Hotels including handling DPS variations, review and variation of conditions on licences, applications and renewals of marriage and special treatment licences and due diligence issues arising from sales and acquisitions of property. Other clients include Ambassador Theatre Group, Squires Garden Centres, Cineworld UK, Clifton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, The Original Bowling Company Limited, QVC and Welcome Break. Ewan Macgregor has left the firm to join Gregg Latchams LLP.

Foot Anstey  advises on all aspects of the Licensing Act 2003 and also provides advice on the Gambling Act 2005, copyright music, PRS/PPL licensing, Vehicle Operators’ Licensing and SIA licensing. Chris Pritchett heads the team and has experience in licensing outdoor events, festivals, sports stadia, and online and mobile gaming. Clients have included Bristol City Football Club which it advised on the Licensing Act 2003 as well as safety in relation to high capacity concerts. It also advised the University of Bristol Students Union on a new application for a £26m refurbishment of one of its buildings as well as advising on events, insurance issues, venue hire arrangements and noise management strategy.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF  specialises in licensing for outdoor events including music and other festivals, game fairs and events held at stately homes and other large estates. It deals with the licensing of alcohol, live and recorded music, late night refreshments, gambling premises, gaming, adult and family entertainment centres, sporting events, taxi and private hire licensing. Phillip Day heads the team and has more than 30 years' experience in licensing matters.

VWV advises public and private sector clients on all licensing issues, including applications for a new premises licence, advice on the licensing objectives, variation applications, transfer applications, applications for temporary event notices and bringing or defending of licensing prosecutions. It also advises on civil marriage licenses, gaming law, private venue hire and events. The firm can also advise on licensing issues in relation to events that involve children and alcohol. Partner Jason Prosser heads the team.

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