Licensing in West Midlands

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a superb team that routinely acts for retailers, pubs, nightclubs, social clubs, restaurants and sports stadiums. The 'very experienced' licensing and regulatory head Heath Thomas  is an experienced advocate who has particular expertise in Licensing Act 2003 proceedings. Consultant Stewart Wright  is another key member of the team who is known for his work on taxi licensing and Licensing Act 2003 issues. Associate Laura Shirley is a seasoned solicitor-advocate who is skilled at advising on issues such as premises license applications and sexual entertainment licenses.

Practice head(s):

Heath Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Wright; Laura Shirley

Key clients

The Restaurant Group


Liberty Retail, t/a Liberty of London


Aston Villa Football Club

The Barons Eden Group

The REP, Birmimgham

St  Patricks Festival Birmingham

Firefly Nightclub

Leominster Sports & Social Club

Anthony Feeney

Work highlights

  • Acts for The Restaurant Group, one of the largest restaurant and bar operators in the UK.
  • Represented the event organisers and charity, St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham.
  • Advised Firefly following an application by Leicestershire Police to review its premises licence.
  • Acted for Anthony Feeney, an independent restaurateur operating in Islington’s cumulative impact area on the variation of a premises license.
  • Continues to represent a number of adult entertainment venues across the country on a wide range of sexual entertainment venue licensing issues.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is skilled at advising clients on the full range of licensing matters in the hospitality, leisure, retail and transport sectors. The team acts for a number of major clients on a national basis and has particular expertise in areas such as hotel licences, motorway services and the convenience retail sector. Stephanie Perraton helms the team, while director Nicola Smith is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smith

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited / SSP Air

Jurys Inns


InterContinental Hotels Group

Bryant Park Hospitality

Dalata Hotel Group

London & Regional (Trafalgar Hotel) Limited and London & Regional (Green Park) Limited

Etc Venues

Work highlights

  • Management of all the licence applications for this client.
  • Dealing with all licence applications throughout in 2018.
  • Manages all the licence applications for the company.
  • Manages all its licence applications.
  • Advising on the opening of a new London venue and the redevelopment of  an existing venue in Eastcheap.

Knights plc

Emms Gilmore Liberson is recommended for its work in gambling law and routinely acts for both UK-based and overseas clients such as online and non-remote casinos. Under the leadership of Peter Adkins, the team also advises on the full range of alcohol and entertainment licences and acts for all types of venues including hotels, restaurants, night clubs, pubs as well as supermarkets. Adkins also acts for various sexual entertainment venues on diverse licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Adkins


‘Peter Adkins is a very experienced licensing practitioner and delivers a first-class service‘.

Key clients

Loki Wines

Sabai Sabai

Brandasia t/as Ashas

Parma Midlands

Plough Harborne

Bandit Ventures

M Leisure Limited + associated companies

Hotels Management  / The Rowton Hotel

Bitters N Twisted Group

PDJ Cinemas


Work highlights

  • Acted in a highly contested application for licences for a new lap dance club in Birmingham.
  • Advised on various licensing matters on an urgent basis that arose out of a dispute between the owners / management of two highly successful and long established restaurant / karaoke venues.
  • Advised on an urgent application for licences after the hotel run by the company was advised that its existing licence had lapsed.
  • Advised on an application for a premises licence for a substantial new premises in Solihull to allow for the sale of alcohol/late night food.
  • Retained to advise the client on various licensing matters for five sites.  

Pillinger & Associates

Pillinger & Associates is led by Amanda Pillinger, who advises a diverse range of clients on all aspects of licensing. Areas of expertise include advising major supermarkets, restaurants, late night establishments and members clubs. Pillinger is also skilled at advising on music festivals.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Pillinger


The firm really does go the extra mile. With its constant communication and its willingness to work out of hours on assignments, it exudes an air of complete control of issues‘.

Amanda Pillinger has great attention to detail and an enviable breadth of knowledge that is complemented by a serious desire to do the best in any given situation‘.


Key clients

Lidl UK

S C Entertainments

Work highlights

  • Providing general advice to the client on licensing applications throughout England and Wales.