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Licensing


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Licensing - London (Firms)

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 associate

What the team is known for Advises clients on all aspects of regulation, specifically gambling, liquor and sexual entertainment venue licensing. Represents a wide range of clients, including restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and luxury department stores.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service is very personable, as they believe in the same lawyers working with individual brands."

"BLP understand the sector very well; they are very commercial and fit to our approach on things."

Work highlights Challenged a judicial review decision in the Court of Appeal concerning a refusal to renew a sexual entertainment venue licence in Oxford.

Achieved variations to the existing premises licence of the Bulgari Hotel, thereby lifting restrictions placed on the establishment as part of its original planning consent.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Bark is heralded by peers as being extremely hard-working and commercial. Clients comment that he is "extraordinarily aware of what is going on around him, in all aspects of licensing and also, more generally, in regard to the legal obligations of all parties involved." 

Craig Baylis is praised for his client-friendly approach and accessibility. Clients describe him as "supportive, knowledgeable and professional," and comment that he is "engaged and timely in his communication."

Significant clients Harrods, Selfridges, Marriott Hotels, Tesco Stores, Tragus Holding.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 associates
- 1 consultant 

What the team is known for Outstanding gambling and gaming team with particular strength in online gaming and regulations. Well placed to provide wide-ranging regulatory advice through an international network of IP, technology and sports lawyers. 

Work highlights Advised Barclays on its industry support policies relating to remote gambling laws in 28 foreign territories.

Notable practitioners  

Sources regard Stephen Ketteley as a standout lawyer in the online gaming sector. Clients commend him for his "proactive and assured" approach and his ability to "come up with creative solutions."

Significant clients bet365, Betfair, Colossusbets, Gala Coral, Youwin.com.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 associates
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading specialist licensing firm, advising on the full range of licensing matters. Noted for its expertise in both online and offline gambling and gaming. Typically works with leading international gambling operators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They not only know their stuff and have a really deep understanding of the various implications for our business but they are also very well regarded in the regulatory community, which is invaluable."

"Their casino expertise is second to none and they are undoubtedly the leader in the gaming market."

"They're very efficient and very well organised. It's a slick operation." 

Work highlights Represented News UK in relation to website services and content contracts, and in the regulatory aspects of white label gaming.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner John Hagan is praised for his "business acumen," with clients commenting that he "provides good commercial advice that's based on a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework." He is regarded as an "excellent gambling lawyer" and a "leading UK solicitor acting in the gaming licensing field."

Senior partner Julian Harris is praised for his "strong bricks and mortar presence" in both the UK and USA. Sources agree that he "clearly knows his stuff" and he is viewed as one of the top gambling lawyers in the UK.

Elizabeth Southorn is an extremely experienced specialist licensing solicitor. She is best known for advising international companies and well-known institutions on liquor licensing in London.

Significant clients Aspers Group, Betable, Diageo, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 directors
- 1 barrister

What the team is known for National practice assisting clients with the full range of licensing matters. Regularly works with nightclub, restaurant and hotel operators. Noted for its commercial acumen.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're creative, they represent us extremely well, and they have great connections with the city and local authorities."

Work highlights Advised London Edition on the licensing aspects of the new Marriott Edition hotel in Fitzrovia.

Obtained a new 24-hour premises licence on behalf of Ministry of Sound.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Julian Skeens is "charming and very easy to deal with." Market commentators characterise him as "a very dedicated lawyer, with a wealth of knowledge, who is prepared to put in the time, effort and attention to detail that the bigger cases need."

Clients report that Andrew Wong is "very commercially aware," "very thorough and meticulous," and has "a great grasp of the technical side of the licensing process."

Well-regarded barrister Gareth Hughes is currently representing Majingos in the heavily contested issue of whether the government can implement new legislation requiring the licensing of lap dancing clubs in Tower Hamlets.

Nick Nocton has extensive experience within the gambling and gaming industry.

Consultant Tony Coles is distinguished by his specialised knowledge of gambling and gaming regulations.

Significant clients Royal Festival Hall, Tate Britain, Spearmint Rhino, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Foods.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 associates
- 2 consultants

What the team is known for Boutique firm advising clients on gambling and liquor regulation throughout England and Wales. Regularly works with clients in the leisure industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What stands out to me is the speed of response and the fact that the advice is concise and accurate."

"They are plugged into the market."  

Work highlights Advised Intertain on licensing requirements for the refurbishment of the Walkabout and Highlight brands.

Achieved an out of core hours licence for Vapiano in a West End stress area.

Significant clients Le Pain Quotidien, Grosvenor Casinos, The City Pub Company, Lotteries Council.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in gambling and gaming regulation. Utilises the firm's international platform to provide particular strength in transatlantic work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The biggest selling point is how they package their transatlantic approach – it felt as though we were dealing with one firm."

Work highlights Advised a US subsidiary of Sportech on its USD12 million acquisition of eBet Online.

Advised Tipp24 Investment on an equity investment and a potential joint venture with a British licensed gambling operator.

Notable practitioners 

Partner Andrew Danson is commended by peers for his "client-friendly" approach. Clients say he "is very bright and very precise, and knows what he is doing."

Significant clients MyLotto24, European Sponsorship Association, Bede Gaming, JA Sports, Arena Racing.  

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 associates
- 1 consultant

What the team is known for Advises on the full range of gambling matters across multiple jurisdictions, with particular focus on e-gaming and IT. 

Work highlights Successfully represented Trafalgar Leisure in its appeal against a decision to revoke part of its non-remote betting premises licence.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Breen is commended for her ability to "understand the finesse of negotiation – where to push and where not to push." Clients say: "Her experience is extremely valuable; what stands out is her knowledge and experience of working on complex legal issues."

Significant clients Argento Gaming, PKR.com, 188bet.com, Tailorbet, B2B Gaming Services.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Comprehensive coverage of all gambling-related issues across the UK, USA and EU. Known for its expertise in regulatory and e-gaming matters.

Work highlights Advised Gamseys on its software licensing agreement with Tropicana Casino's online gaming in New Jersey.

Advised Sportech on its acquisition of DataTote, a leading operator of European greyhound and horseracing betting.

Notable practitioners  

David Zeffman is held in high regard in the gambling sector, with clients commenting that "his knowledge of the industry is second to none." Those who instruct him report that he is "aggressive in defending your interests and great at understanding your goals."

Significant clients Asian Logic, William Hill, Paddy Power, BetFred, Sporting Index.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for clients across the UK on both online gambling and traditional bricks-and-mortar issues.

Work highlights Advised William Hill Online on the expansion of its Italian online casino and mobile games in both Spain and Italy.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Biddle heads the firm's gambling practice. Clients characterise her as "a formidable brain, who works through the issues and understands the alternatives."

Significant clients North West Bookmakers, Hilton Worldwide, London Capital Group, Aspers Group, Yo! Sushi.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 associate

What the team is known for Boutique licensing firm advising on liquor, entertainment and gambling regulation. Known for its expertise in liquor licensing. Regularly acts for high-end restaurants, private member venues, bars and clubs.

Work highlights Advised CAPCO on the licensing requirements of its multibillion-pound redevelopment of Earls Court and Covent Garden.

Advised leading chef Angela Hartnett on the extension of the licence for her new restaurant premises, Café Murano in St James's, Westminster.

Notable practitioners  

Alun Thomas is celebrated for his pedigree in the licensing arena. Clients prize his "unique style," in addition to his "knowledge and abilities in his field."

Thomas O'Maoileoin is held in "high repute" by his peers. He regularly acts for London's leading private member clubs, restaurants and bars.

Significant clients Harvey Nichols, The Punchbowl, The Groucho Club, Burger and Lobster, Hawksmoor.  

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 associates

What the team is known for Specialist gambling practice with significant experience in advising electronic gambling platforms, television and media companies, and charitable lotteries.

Work highlights Advised IGT on the relaunch of its electronic casino slot games, which involved cross-jurisdictional regulatory issues. 

Notable practitioners  

Jason Chess is highly regarded by peers for his industry knowledge and presence within the gambling sphere. Clients describe him as a "go-to gambling guru" who is "extremely accurate and knowledgeable, and always goes the extra mile."

Significant clients Pokerstars, GTech, Mansion, NetPlay, Endemol.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Philip Somarakis of Gordon Dadds LLP is commended by clients for his ability to relate to their situation and handle sensitive cases.

Peter Wilson is head of boutique regulatory firm Peter Wilson Legal. He has extensive experience in gambling matters and advises clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Clare Eames established the licensing practice in the London office of Poppleston Allen. Clients note that she "has great relationships with licensing authorities." 

Lisa Inzani of Poppleston Allen is widely commended for her client-focused approach and her ability to offer a "one-to-one total peace of mind service." Clients say she "is hands-on and pragmatic, and never loses her cool." She recently joined the team from Bevan Kidwell.

Carl Rohsler leads Squire Patton Boggs' gambling practice. Clients describe him as "an impressive operator" who is "effective interpersonally."

Robert Botkai heads the liquor licensing practice at Winckworth Sherwood, and has an established practice acting for national supermarkets and petrol station forecourt retailers. Clients appreciate his amiable approach and ability to explain legal issues in layman's terms.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.