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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 Blandy & Blandy LLP, the licensing team is most notable for its work with large-scale sports and entertainment venues, including all alcohol and entertainment licensing issues, and representation at contested hearings.  The team regularly collaborates with other departments in the firm to manage large venue projects for clients. Sue Dowling heads the practice, and is an experienced advocate at licensing committee hearings, as well as having substantial alcohol, betting and gaming, and entertainment licensing experience.

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South East: Human resources

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

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP has an 'excellent reputation' in the Thames Valley area, particularly in the areas of unlawful discrimination and TUPE and handling tribunal claims, for both respondents and claimants. Sue Dowling provides assistance on day-to-day HR issues, restructuring, the departure of senior executives, tax aspects of exit arrangements and business immigration. Key partner Tim Clark focuses on internal re-organisations, restructurings, redundancy and TUPE issues.

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