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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Joanne Attwood

Work 0117 902 7257
Burges Salmon LLP

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Heads up Burges Salmon's licensing practice. Advises clients on all issues arising under the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005 as well as a number of other licensing regimes including applications, variations, reviews, contractual drafting and general regulatory compliance issues. Also advises clients on the commercial aspects of event organisation. Clients come from a variety of industry sectors including leisure and tourism, charities, education, transport, retail and real estate development as well as smaller independent operators and private individuals. Highlights over the last year include advising on licensing issues for a globally recognised event, advising on the management of a multi-million pound licensed property portfolio and advising on licensing issues connected with a major group company restructure.


Qualified 2008; associate 2012; senior associate 2014. Secondment to regulatory body (2010-2011).


Institute of Licensing; UNBAR; National Outdoor Events Association; Gambling Commission's Industry Lawyer's Forum.


Attended University of Bristol (Geography BSc (Hons), 2003) and College of Law Birmingham (Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005; Legal Practice Course, 2006).

South West: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Burges Salmon LLP  advises on high-value disposals and acquisitions of businesses with licensed interests. It specialises in multi-site, large, licensed portfolios and advises on a range of licensing matters including alcohol, entertainment, gambling, caravan site licensing, taxi, marriage licenses, HMO licenses, street trading and SIA licensing. It also advises online gambling operators and start-ups on a range of licensing issues. Clients include The Crown Estate, The Racecourse Association, Adelie Foods Group Limited, Canadian and Portland Estates and Riverside Edge Limited. Recent work highlights include advising the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio which includes public-facing premises licences associated with conferences, events and weddings and also Club Premises Certificates. The firm also advises Darwin Property Investment on its licensed leisure portfolio, which includes advising on licensing regimes such as alcohol, entertainment, gambling, gaming, caravan site licensing and family entertainment centre issues. It recently advised on several multi-million pound deals in the acquisition of new sites. Senior associate and head of licensing Joanne Attwood specialises in contentious and non-contentious licensing and gaming issues and also advises on contractual and regulatory issues. She is ‘approachable, professional, very bright and accomplished’.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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