Graeme Cushion > Poppleston Allen > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Poppleston Allen
PRICE HOUSE, 37 STONEY STREET
THE LACE MARKET
NOTTINGHAM
NG1 1LS
England
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Work Department

Alcohol licensing and regulatory.

Position

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1996, Graeme developed advocacy skills as a specialist in criminal law. His experience as a magistrates’ court advocate led to a move to practising licensing law, which saw him join Poppleston Allen as a solicitor in February 2001.

He was made a partner and head of regulatory crime in April 2005. Focus is on crimes ancillary to licensing, covering: serving alcohol (underage sales and drunkenness); health and safety; food safety; and noise nuisance.

Graeme advises a diverse client base spread across the whole of England and Wales and has developed a niche for working with restaurant and pub chains. For example his national restaurant clients include: PizzaExpress, Yo!, Ask Italian, Zizzi, Byron Hamburgers and Pho.

He is a legal advisor to the National Union of Students (NUS), and speaks about licensing and regulated crime at their annual conference. He is also involved with the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers (ALMR) Late Night Division.

Very good at what he does and is very knowledgeable”

Career

Trained IBB Law; qualified 1996; partner Poppleston Allen 2005. Publications of note: Numerous in PMA/Host etc.

Languages

French.

Memberships

Security Institute
Institute of Licensing

Education

Coleraine Academical Institution; Brunel University (LLB Law); College of Law, Chester (LPC).

Leisure

Running, gym, watching sport.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

(Leading individuals)

Graeme CushionPoppleston Allen

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.