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Keystone Law

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Belfast, Belfast BT2, Bristol, Douglas, Guernsey, London

Robert Sutherland

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Keystone Law

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Robert is a highly experienced solicitor specialising in all forms of licensing and gambling issues for operators and landlords. His clients include one of the most prestigious concert venues in the country,  well-known nightclubs in the West End, gentlemen’s clubs across the country, music festivals including the Secret Garden Party, and sports venues for cricket and football. He has dealt with all aspects of outdoor music festivals including working with safety advisory groups in the planning and setting up of large events such as Gay Pride.
Robert also acts for a number of leading sexual entertainment venue operators, both independent and multi-national brands around the country, and has been actively involved in dealing with local authorities in their determination of sexual entertainment venue policies.
Robert is a solicitor advocate and is able to represent clients in the higher courts. During his career he has held roles which have provided him with great insight into and understanding of the court system, including Licensing Justices’ Clerk for North and South Westminster for a number of years. Robert is also a Fellow of the Institute of Licensing.


Qualified as a Barrister 1985; Qualified as a Solicitor 2011; Qualified as a Solicitor Advocate, 2013; Deputy-Chief Clerk at Inner London Magistrates' Courts Service, 1986-95; Justices Training Officer at Inner London Magistrates' Courts Services, 1995-98; Assitant Justices Clerk, Licensing Justices North and Suoth Westminster, 1998-99; Director at Jeffrey Green Russell, 1999-2014; Keystone Law, 2014.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Keystone Law's licensing practice has developed significantly since the arrival of Andrew Wong  and Gareth Hughes  from Gordon Dadds LLP in October 2016. Wong is praised as being ‘a real star’ who ‘looks for solutions to achieve the apparently impossible’, while Hughes is described as ‘first class.’ Robert Sutherland  is the other key name to note. The team recently advised on securing the grant of a new 24 hour licence for the new Koko and Hope Project in the heart of the Camden stress area; secured the grant of a 5am licence for a new venue Bloc South against Lambeth Councils licensing policy; and assisted the Royal National Theatre with restructuring of the premises licence following addition of new land to the site and change of hours and refreshing conditions with local residential opposition. The firm also counts high-end London hotels and restaurants as clients.

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