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Poppleston Allen

Licensing Tier 1

Boutique firm Poppleston Allen, which is based in Nottingham, counts many of London's leading restaurants, bars, hotels, private members clubs and outdoor events among its clients. The team handles the full gamut of licensing work, including obtaining new premises licences, varying existing premises licences to increase trading hours and capacity, and advising on increases in trading areas. The team is jointly headed by Lisa Inzani and Clare Eames, the latter of whom has extensive experience in assisting following allegations of breach of licensing conditions, police closures, and other enforcement action. Another key team member is associate Steve Burnett, whose regular workload includes challenging judicial reviews and appearing at licensing hearings, largely on behalf of privately owned pub, restaurant and nightclub operators.

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Key clients

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Tribeca Holdings

Caprice Holdings/The Birley Group

Gauselmann AG

Shaftesbury plc

Bill’s Restaurants Limited

Ivy Collections

wagamama Limited

Honest Burgers Ltd

Paddy Power Betfair

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Based in Nottingham, Poppleston Allen’s boutique licensing practice advises on applications, appeals, investigations and compliance issues. Key practitioner Nick Arron is instructed by both large corporations and single-site operators; his client list includes bookmakers, bingo operators and adult gaming centre arcades.  

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Licensing Tier 1

Poppleston Allen is a well-established boutique licensing firm, which also has a strong capability in matters specific to gambling. In addition, it undertakes licensing-related regulatory work, which is connected with health and safety and food hygiene. Reflective of its prominence in the market, the firm has organised some of the largest licensing law events in London. Its client base includes a number of household names, such as Pizza Express, Five Guys and Deliveroo. Also notable is that the firm has developed an innovative mobile app to assist entities operating in the licensed trade space. Practice head Lisa Sharkey works with Graeme Cushion and Jonathan Smith. James Anderson and Hannah Price are other notable individuals.

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Key clients

Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Pizza Express

Five Guys


Bourne Leisure

Azzuri Group Limited (Ask and Zizzi)

The Deltic Group

Hook Norton Brewery


Founded in 1994 and driven by vibrant, collaborative and dedicated people, we have grown into the largest firm of licensing solicitors in the UK.

We work exclusively in the alcohol, entertainment, gambling and retail sectors and help clients ranging from small, one off independents through to national multi-site operators.

But no matter what size of operator we are working with, big or small, our objective is the same: To use legal knowledge and hard work to get clients the results needed to run their business how they want to. General speaking, we give legal advice to:

  • Obtain, vary and protect the numerous licences needed on licensed and gambling premises
  • Defend licensing, gambling, food hygiene and health and safety reviews
  • Manage due-diligence on mergers and acquisitions

Many of our solicitors work with professional bodies such as UK Hospitality, British Beer and Pub Association, Institute of Licencing (IOL) and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). They also speak at industry events and write for the national trade press. In addition, we co-wrote the Live Music Act 2012, advising on its course through both Houses of Parliament. We advised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003. And we continue to be consulted by the Home Office and we were involved with the legal experts panel giving evidence for the 10 year review of the Licensing Act 2003. 

So, we do not see ourselves as just legal advisors to the licensed trade, but part of it.

Some of our licensing and gambling / gaming clients include: Bandai Namco, BBPA, Bill’s Restaurants, Blueprint Gaming, Bongo’s Bingo, Bourne Leisure, Brunning and Price, Buzz Bingo, Caprice Holdings, Cashino, Chelsea Flower Show, Cote Restaurants, Deliveroo, Dominio’s Pizza, Faces Nightclub, Fuller’s, Gauselmann Group, Honest Burgers, Ivy Collections, Laine’s, Mitchells & Butlers, Paddy Power, Parkdean Resorts, PizzaExpress, Praesepe, Selfridges, Shepherd Neame, Stonegate Pub Company, The Bingo Association, Thunderbird Fried Chicken, UK Hospitality, wagamama.

Other offices: London



Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Lisa Sharkey 0115 953 8500
Licensing Jonathan Smith 0115 953 8500
Gambling Nick Arron 0115 953 8500
Licensing and festivals Andy Grimsey 0115 953 8500
Licensing and regulatory Graeme Cushion 0115 953 8500
Licensing (London office) Lisa Inzani 0203 859 7755
Licensing Sarah Taylor 0115 953 8500
Licensing James Anderson 0115 953 8500
Photo Name Position Profile
 Steve Burnett  photo Steve Burnett Associate
 David Inzani  photo David Inzani Solicitor
 Lisa Inzani  photo Lisa Inzani Lisa is partner and joint head of the London office. Lisa has…
 Helen Ward  photo Helen Ward Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 20