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Harrison Clark Rickerbys  works on licensing matters for retailers, pubs, nightclubs and sports stadiums, with clients that include Liberty Retail, Dishoom and The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Heath Thomas leads the team and works on contested licensing applications and reviews resulting from public disorder or nuisance. He recently assisted The Restaurant Group with licensing its existing estate, handling personal licence applications, as well as dealing with new premises licences. He also advised Aston Villa Football Club on obtaining an additional premises licence for Holte CarPark, which involved the sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment. Thomas is assisted by consultant Stewart Wright, who is an expert in taxi licensing matters, and associate solicitor Laura Shirley , who is also experienced in regulatory and licensing matters.

Emms Gilmore Liberson is led by Peter Adkins, who has ‘a deep specialism in licensing and gambling’, ‘is always very quick to respond’ and ‘has a number of contacts within the industry which usually helps to get things moving’. He recently assisted Casino 36 with licensing new premises which involved requesting a transfer of a casino license from one premises to another. He also advised Loki Wines on extending its premises as well as licensing new premises in Moseley and Edgbaston.

Pillinger & Associates is led by Amanda Pillinger, who is 'approachable', 'efficient' and 'a very knowledgeable solicitor regarding licensing law'. She recently advised Lidl on a number of new premises licenses applications. Other notable highlights included  assisting SC Entertainments on its application to hold an annual music festival on the the estate of Lord Lechmere and working with Hereford Football Club on its new premises licence application for holding events at the club's grounds.

The ‘excellent’, ‘extremely professional’ and ‘efficientSquire Patton Boggs focuses on licensing matters in the transport, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors. The practice is led by Stephanie Perraton  who specialises in alcohol, entertainment and late night food sales licensing issues. She is ‘technically knowledgeable’, ‘highly competent’ and ‘very approachable’. Nicole Smith  ‘always responds in a timely manner’ and works heavily in the hospitality and leisure sectors. They both advised Select Services Partner Air on licensing self-service tills at M&S Simply Food stores. They also advised Bryant Park Hospitality on licensing a number of properties in the English Midlands and Northern areas. They also acted for RedefineBDL on licensing matters, which included conducting a mock PACE interview. Smith advised One Stop Stores on obtaining new licenses in Durham, Hartlepool and Liverpool. The firm also worked for Trafalgar Hotel, when it took over Hilton Trafalgar, particularly on licencing its rooftop bar.

Wright Hassall LLP  handles a range of licensing matters, with a strong reputation in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Ian Besant  leads the practice and is highly skilled in licensing and gaming law matters. Consultant Andrew Potts  recently assisted Coventry Rugby Club with a highly contested enlargement of its premises.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is headed by Charlotte Clode, who regularly works on variation licenses and contested applications. Recent work highlights of hers include: advising on the  licensing of a charity competition, assisting with the revocation a license due to an underage customer being served alcohol, and working on the re–licensing of a premises after violent incidents occurred inside and outside the premises.

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