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Poppleston Allen

Licensing Tier 1

Poppleston Allen's specialist licensing team has considerable breadth, acting for pubs, clubs, restaurants and property developers. Clare Eames, who jointly heads the practice, acts for the Stonegate Pub Company, owner of close to 700 pubs across the UK, on various matters. Fellow co-head Lisa Inzani is acting for the Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in gaining a new premises licence in the cumulative impact zone of Westminster. Another notable member of the team is associate Steve Burnett; he advises on drafting policies, obtaining pavement licenses and defending premises licence reviews.

Key clients

Stonegate Pub Company


Honest Burgers

Caprice Holdings/The Birley Group

Tribeca Holdings

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Nick Arron heads the practice at boutique licensing firm Poppleston Allen and advises bookmakers, bingo operators, family entertainment centres, gambling machine manufacturers and gambling centre arcades on licensing regulations. The practice also acts for online gambling operators and lotteries. The team is experienced in advising on compliance issues and also assists with regulatory negotiations with the Gambling Commission.

Key clients

PaddyPower Betfair

The Bingo Association

Blueprint Operations

City Gaming

Bongo’s Bingo


Bourne Leisure


Bandai Namco Amusement Europe

BoyleSports UK

Poppleston Allen is one of the largest boutique licensing firms in the country advising thousands of the leading pub, restaurant, nightclub, gaming and leisure operators.

The firm: Jeremy Allen and Susanna Poppleston – two of the foremost licensing solicitors in England and Wales – founded Poppleston Allen in Nottingham in 1994. The firm was an instant success and just five years later, it was awarded The Lawyer magazine’s ‘Law Firm of the Year’.

The firm continued to grow and in 2007 opened its London office. This was followed by more award successes including winning The Legal 500′s ‘Regional Law Firm of the Year 2013’ and gaining a shortlist nominations for The Lawyer magazine’s ‘Niche Firm of the Year 2011’ and ‘Boutique Firm of the Year 2016’.

Poppleston Allen is known as the preeminent firm for advice on alcohol and gambling licensing, and is the ‘go-to’ solicitors for press/media comments on legal licensing developments affecting the sector. It was contacted twice by the clerk to the House of Lords select committee on the Licensing Act 2003 to take part in a review of the workings of the Licensing Act 2003, and was one of just three firms to take part. It is currently working with the Nottingham business improvement district (BID), and Nottinghamshire’s police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping to develop a study of the evening and night-time experience in Nottingham city centre. James Anderson was chosen to be the chairman of PICA Service (pubs independent conciliation arbitration service).

Aside from leisure operators, the firm advises many of the leading trade associations, including The British Institute of Innkeepers (BII); The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA); and The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR). The firm continues to expand, with recent new client wins including Ed’s Easy Diner; Giraffe World Kitchen; FishWorks; Harry Ramsden’s; Parkdean Resorts; Pho; Dobbies Garden Centres; Criterion Capital; Palmers Brewery; Farmacy London; Green’s Steakhouse & Grill; Bespoke Hotels; Firezza; Trunatanga and Splendid Restaurants. Future plans fix on increasing market share from the leisure sector with a focus on the growing dining market. The firm has no plans to diversify away from its core market of licensing and gambling.

Poppleston Allen also runs training courses for people working within the licensing sector. This covers those employed in the actual trade as well as those who are involved in local authorities such as licensing committee members.

Types of work undertaken: Poppleston Allen advises on all aspects of licensing and gambling law, covering the premises licences under Licensing Act 2003; the operating licences under Gambling Act 2005; sexual entertainment venue licences; appeals from decisions concerning such licences; reviews of such licences; and associated regulatory crime.

Its extensive list of clients includes such businesses as: Admiral Taverns; Arena Racing Company; Ask Italian; Bill’s Restaurants; Booths Supermarkets; Bourne Leisure; Brakspear; Brunning and Price; Byron Hamburgers; Caprice Holdings; Carluccio’s; Center Parcs; Charles Wells; Consolidated Developments; Cote Restaurants; Curzon Cinemas; Dorsett Hotels; Draft House; Fuller, Smith and Turner; Gauselmann Group; Honest Burgers; Jamie’s Italian; Kopparberg; Le Bistrot Pierre; LT Pub Management; Mitchells & Butlers; Moto Hospitality; Paddy Power; Park Holidays; PizzaExpress; RHS Chelsea Flower Show; Selfridges; Showcase Cinemas; Splendid Hotel Group; Stonegate Pub Company; Tenpin; The Bingo Association; The Birley Group; The Deltic Group; The Laine Pub Company; Vue Cinemas; wagamama; YO! Sushi; Young’s and Zizzi.

The firm also undertakes licensing agency work for other firms of solicitors, many of whom are large London-based firms who do not have specialist licensing or betting and gaming teams.

Other offices: London

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Lisa Sharkey
Licensing Jonathan Smith
Gambling Nick Arron
Training Jonathan Smith
Licensing and festivals Andy Grimsey
Licensing and regulatory Graeme Cushion
Licensing (London office) Lisa Inzani
Licensing (London office) Clare Eames
Photo Name Position Profile
 Steve Burnett  photo Steve Burnett
 Clare Eames  photo Clare Eames
 David Inzani  photo David Inzani
 Lisa Inzani  photo Lisa Inzani
 Helen Ward  photo Helen Ward
Number of UK partners : 9
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26