Jeffrey Green Russell has widely acclaimed practices in both liquor licensing and gaming and gambling licensing. Its liquor licensing practice is London-focused and is commissioned by bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and SEVs to deal with new premises licensing, variations, reviews and appeals. Its clients include Piers Adam, owner of clubs such as Mahiki, Whisky Mist and the Rose Club, Alan Yau, Hakkasan, W Hotels, Gaucho, Arts Club, the Royal Albert Hall, Cuckoo and the Ministry of Sound. The firm dealt with the licensing for the new high-end restaurant Okku, which is the first overseas expansion for the luxurious Dubai-based restaurant and bar. The firm's gaming team enjoys international renown for UK and international gaming and licensing work.
KEY INDIVIDUALS A source described Tony Coles as quality and dependable, adding: "He gives things proper consideration and doesn't make a big fuss. If I wanted an opinion I would go to Tony, and if I wanted a second opinion I would go to Tony." He is highly respected amongst the UK gaming fraternity, and additionally his practice has a strong international element. One source said he is "hugely experienced, very knowledgeable, very clued-up and commercially savvy."
Julian Skeens is head of the firm's licensing and leisure team. A well-known practitioner on the London licensing scene, his peers say: "He knows what he is about and he will prepare to the nth degree." He represented a well-known London restaurant in a review of its licence following objections from local residents, and acted for new premises in the heart of the Westminster cumulative impact zone, and managed to obtain it a licence until 3am.
New partner Andrew Wong handled the licensing for the new Okku London restaurant. A source said: "He has the most exceptional strategic mind, but is also very commercially minded. He approaches commercial applications as if he were an entrepreneur rather than a lawyer; he is an exceptional talent."
Gareth Hughes is a barrister who sources say "is very commanding - he does a lot of advocacy himself - and has a great knowledge of the law." He led an appeal against a decision to refuse a late licence for his client, the Tramshed, a new restaurant in Shoreditch. Following successful advocacy at the appeal, the licence was granted and the restaurant has now opened.
Partner Nicholas Nocton is a well-regarded gaming and gambling specialist, whose practice focuses on representing online and offline betting and gaming clients in the UK and internationally. He has a particular focus on advising clients on UK licensing and regulatory advice, but additionally advises on broader strategic and commercial issues. Sources say he "does a very thorough job in assessing the issues and presenting them to the best advantage of clients."