Lisa Inzani > Poppleston Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Poppleston Allen
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Work Department

Alcohol licensing.


Lisa is partner and joint head of the London office. Lisa has over 25 years of experience within licensing and enforcement, the majority of which has been gained in and around of London. She has developed an expertise – and strong following – for advising some of London’s most prestigious hotels, restaurants, private members clubs and events. For instance, Lisa advised The Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner in relation to full variations to their premises licence and their marriage and civil partnership licence.

Lisa worked on one of the most unusual and ambitious licensed operations to have been launched in London in recent years; the music, restaurant and entertainment venue development Flat Iron Square; an operation situated in Southwark’s Cumulative Impact Policy Zone. Nonetheless Lisa obtained the three new Premises Licences needed for the project which includes: seven food vendors, three restaurants, three street food trucks and five bars.

Another high profile project that Lisa has worked on is the live music venue Omeara; owned by Ben Lovett of Grammy Award winning band Mumford & Sons. This venue, based in three disused rail arches within the Flat Iron Square development between Borough Market and Tate Modern, is culturally significant given the spate of closures of live music venues and clubs in London.

Some of Lisa’s London-based clients have grown into national chains and Lisa manages all licensing work inside and outside of London. These include wagamama, Bill’s and Cote who between them have over 225 restaurants. Lisa has also been chosen to advise high end restaurant The Ivy on the expansion of its new concept Ivy Collections Brasseries and Nottingham-based Le Bistrot Pierre, currently expanding its estate of 25 restaurants across England and Wales.

“Absolutely superb, very straightforward and clear about the process you have to follow”


Trained Vallance Lickfolds; qualified 1990; partner Blake Lapthorn LLP (Now Blake Morgan) 1999-2004; partner Bevan Kidwell LLP 2004-14; partner Poppleston Allen 2014 to date.


Italian and French.


Chelsea FC season ticket holder for 18 years.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

(Hall of Fame)

Lisa InzaniPoppleston Allen

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.