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Sue Dowling

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Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Employment and licensing.


Sue Dowling is head of the Employment law team at Blandy & Blandy LLP and also a nationally recognised expert in venue licensing.

An advocate by training, Sue deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination, with particular emphasis on mental impairment disability discrimination matters.

Sue provides strategic employment law/HR advice to CEOs, MD's, finance directors and HR directors, assisting them in their business decisions and with a view to minimising the risk of employment litigation.  She frequently assists company clients in handling the restructuring of management tiers/teams and, where necessary, the departure of high-level executives – adopting a business, no-nonsense, pragmatic approach.  She is an expert in the tax aspects of exiting arrangements (through Settlement Agreements or otherwise). She also advises clients regarding business immigration matters, including Intra-Company Tier 2 transfers and ‘Business Visitors’ criteria. Sue is a regular advocate (in Tribunals and before Committees).

Also a nationally recognised expert in venue licensing, Sue advises major sports, entertainment and leisure venues in relation to alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. She also provides advice in relation to General Safety and Special Safety Certification of Sports Grounds; Gambling (including Track Betting Licences); PPL; PRS and Wedding Licences.


Trained at Blandy & Blandy, qualified in 1988, became an associate in 1990 and a partner in 1992.


French, German, basic Spanish


Employment Lawyers Association, Immigration Law Practitioners Association, Law Society


University of Coventry, LLB (Hons) Business Law, College of Law (Guildford), LPC


Enjoys spending time with her family, cinema, theatre and being school parent-governor.

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Leading individuals

Sue Dowling - Blandy & Blandy LLP

Within: Licensing

At the 'excellent' Blandy & Blandy LLP, Sue Dowling works in conjunction with colleagues in the planning and environmental and commercial and regulatory departments to provide extensive venue licensing expertise. The team handles the full spectrum of work in this area, including advising on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing for all manner of well-known stadiums and venues covering concerts, sports events, conferencing and other hospitality events, and representing clients in contested hearings. Dowling stands out for her 'responsive approach and thorough knowledge' of this area of law. In recent work, she assisted a major sports client with obtaining a new premises licence, and in another highlight obtained a new licence for a client, which involved successfully negotiating with objectors and avoiding the need for a hearing.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The ‘excellent’ Blandy & Blandy LLP offers clients a ‘timely response, which is particular important with employment matters’, and is noted for its ‘sound advice and good technical knowledge’. Developing areas of practice include disability discrimination claims, education-related HR issues, business immigration matters and assisting with clients with GDPR compliance. Project highlights included representing private clients in claims against a county council for discrimination on a number of grounds and against an NHS Trust for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and alleged breach of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Practice head Sue Dowling deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination and also frequently assists company clients with handling the restructuring of management teams and the departure of high-level executives. Firm joint managing partner Tim Clark and solicitor Andrea Corr are recommended as being ‘highly professional, very experienced, understanding, non-judgmental, sympathetic and above all very human’.

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