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Philip Somarakis

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Gordon Dadds LLP

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Partner, Head of Regulatory Solutions


Philip is a Partner at Gordon Dadds, specialising in both criminal litigation and alcohol and entertainment licensing law. After completing his LLB Hons law degree in Manchester, he pursued a career in law and was made a Partner at Blake Lapthorn in 2008. In 2012 he joined Davenport Lyons as Partner, before coming to Gordon Dadds in 2014. 

Philip has a wide range of expertise, including experience in alcohol and entertainment licensing, motoring offences, driving licence medical appeals, road safety and business regulatory defence, and have appeared in over 100 contested licensing hearing/appeals. With his motoring law practise, Philip has appeared on BBC Watchdog and on Radio 5 Live. Some of his speeding offence cases have made national headlines.


Company secretary to ACFO Limited (representing the interests of car fleet operators); a member of DVLA Consumer Forum focusing on DVLA’s services to the consumer and parking industry; a member of British Parking Association Standards Panel; a member of DVLA’s Industry Liaison Group.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Leading individuals

Philip Somarakis - Gordon Dadds LLP

Within: Licensing

Gordon Dadds LLP'sĀ licensing practice is noted for handling a variety of work on breach of license cases, licence reviews and criminal proceedings on behalf of landlords and licensees. The group recently acted for The Oxford Union Debating Society in a successful application for a variation of premises certificate within Oxford City Councilā€™s Cumulative Impact Zone, and acted for The Camden Town Brewery to obtain a new premises licence for its new site in Enfield. Lead licensing practitioners include Philip SomarakisĀ and Andrew Cotton.

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