Our highly recommended licensing practice undertake liquor and regulated entertainment licensing work for several high profile national chains and large multi-national leisure operators.
Occupying the top spot in the legal directories for several years, our team, the largest of any UK firm, advises clients on new legislation and remains at the forefront of legal developments.
We work closely with our real estate and corporate colleagues and advise property owners, developers and investors on the licensing implications of business investments, lending and development. In relation to due diligence work we have advised lenders, purchasers and vendors on the licensing aspects involved with refinancing and M&A work.
We are recognised nationally as having particular expertise in obtaining Late Licences, especially within the London area. We have also been actively involved in challenging the policies of councils by Judicial Review in the High Court on a number of occasions.
One of our strengths lies in the advocacy capabilities of the team who represent clients before licensing tribunals around the country at all levels, including the Crown Court.
Our clients include Whitbread, JD Wetherspoon, Groupe Chez Gerard, Travelodge, Le Méridien Hotel Group, Corney and Barrow Wine Bars, and BHS.