Licensing in West Midlands

Squire Patton Boggs

Stephanie Perraton heads the department at Squire Patton Boggs, advising on the full range of licensing issues. The team is known for its particular expertise in dealing with hotel licenses and acts for a number of the key players in this market. It is also recommended for its work with transport hubs and the convenience retail sector. Perraton is adept at covering all aspects of licensing such as alcohol and entertainment as well as late night food sales. She acts for a wide range of operators (including some listed companies). Nicola Smith is another significant member of the team who acts for hospitality, leisure and retail operators - her experience covers both licensing and food/product law.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smith


‘Strong, structured, but above all realistic advise at all times. Response times are excellent. Understand the specifics of our industry “hospitality” which helps in giving sound guidance and advice. Run industry specific webinars. Helps educate us in markets where we may have limited or no exposure currently. Proactive in advice and support’.

‘Stephanie Perraton is an outstanding support. Realistic and a trusted advisor. Available, always takes a realistic approach. Strong communication. Multi-functional in terms of helping via colleagues with areas beyond her remit’.

‘Highly knowledgeable, excellent advice, really getting to know the issues at hand, ability to bring in other experts where necessary, very responsive and efficient. Provides direct advice and feedback’.

‘I have worked with Nicola Smith for many years. Always fully up to date with changes in legislation, able to bring previous cases and history as comparisons. Offers sound and well thought out advice in a range of situations.  An exceptional individual in her field.’

‘ Stephanie Perraton is technically knowledgeable, highly competent and very approachable; she is client-focused and goes and above beyond the call of duty! Truly exceptional – she gives lawyers a good name! Highly recommended! When Stephanie is not around, Nicola Smith is also superb – we have absolute confidence in Nicola’s abilities to deal competently and diligently with our licensing matters. She always responds in a timely manner‘.

‘Extremely proactive, always available, supportive and very friendly. The team’s knowledge and understanding of our business is superb’.

‘Stephanie Perraton acts and supports, as though she work for our business, as her understanding of it is excellent. Her willingness to go above and beyond is just second nature to her’.

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited

One Stop Stores Limited

Jurys Inns


RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Shiva Hotels

4 C Hotels – Minories LLP (new client)

London Portman Hotel Limited (new client)

Kaleidoscope Bird Limited (new client)

Work highlights

  • Continuing to provide strategic advice and deal with all the required applications for Select Service Partner’s entire licensed estate (over 200 branded retail and hospitality sites at stations and airports throughout England and Wales).
  • Continuing to represent One Stop Stores ( a nationwide convenience store operator) in relation to all contested applications (where negotiation and/ or hearing is required) and also now instructed to deal with the processing of new licence applications (for new stores) and transfers (from other operators).
  • Continuing to handle all Jurys Hotel Management’s licence applications, including in 2020, for a number of new licences and substantial variations to existing licences.

Pillinger & Associates

Amanda Pillinger leads the practice at Pillinger & Associates and is well-regarded for her work on all aspects of licensing law, including contentious matters. The team is skilled at advising major supermarkets and also acts for a number of local clients including music festivals, restaurants, late night establishments, operating pubs and members' clubs.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Pillinger


‘Amanda Pillinger always makes herself available to her clients. She is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience not just in respect of licensing but employment law only. She is prepared to listen to a different viewpoint and discuss those as an equal ’.

‘A fantastic law firm to deal with. Enquiries are dealt with timely and we are always kept informed of progress. Information is provided is a manner that is easy to understand’.

‘Amanda Pillinger is a fantastic licensing solicitor. She is approachable and ensures that she keeps you informed every step of the way. Amanda provides information in a clear and concise way that ensures it is easy to understand’.

Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

SC Entertainments

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lidl Great Britain Limited in a contested application located in a cumulative impact zone and challenged the legality of a cumulative impact zone that was being relied upon by the council. The application was initially granted with restricted hours but these hours were extended (on agreement) following the  submission of an appeal.
  • Acted for SC Entertainment in an application to vary a premises licence to allow up to four festivals/events to be held on site each calendar year.
  • Acted for Lidl Great Britain Limited in relation to a contentious application for a new premises licence and was able to agree condition acceptable to the police and licensing authority. As a result the application was granted without the need for a hearing.