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Licensing — Northern Ireland


Mills Selig - Licensing Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team offering expert liquor licensing services. Strong advisory practice complemented by significant experience acting for licensees in court proceedings. Draws clients from the hospitality and retail industries.

Strengths Clients hold the team in high regard, stating: "They respond promptly in a practical and thoughtful manner to all matters that arise."

Another source reports: "They are highly efficient and always put the client's interests first."

Work highlights Represented Anthology in a new licence application involving a rooftop bar for its nightclub, The Kremlin.

Acted for Wine Inns in a dispute arising from a County Court decision allowing for the operation of a new off-sales licence alongside an existing petrol station and shop.

Significant clients Canal Court Hotel, Galgorm Manor Hotel, Monkstown Social Club, North Belfast Working Men’s Club, Islandbawn Stores.

Notable practitioners

Maeve Fisher is an experienced licensing practitioner who offers notable strength in contentious and transactions liquor matters. According to impressed interviewees, she is "calm, measured and has an excellent eye for detail."

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin - Licensing Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Often handles licensing matters for first-time entrants into the Northern Ireland market. Well versed in dealing with complex liquor licensing issues. Regularly instructed by high-profile retailers, restaurateurs and hospitality clients. Expertise extends to acting for government bodies.

Strengths One source labels this a "superb" team, highlighting its "intelligent, focused briefing, hard work and client care" as key strengths.

Work highlights Acted for Prezzo on its licence application for a third restaurant in Northern Ireland.

Represented Wombat Group in licensing matters arising from its Wildfire Restaurant project.

Significant clients Applegreen Service Areas, Bubbacue, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Titanic Belfast, Whitbread.

Notable practitioners

Firm managing director Karen Blair is the key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Cleaver Fulton Rankin)

The Licensing team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is led by Director and Chairman, Karen Blair. The team provides advice on all areas of liquor licensing, acting for a range of companies and individuals in the licensing industry including a national supermarket chain. The team also advises local government in respect of their licensing functions, including entertainment licensing and gaming/amusement permit licensing. The licensing team also advises private organisations and companies in relation to entertainment licensing and betting, gaming and bingo licensing.

In terms of cross-departmental work, the team provides support to other departments within the firm, including working closely with the insolvency department in order to advise administrators, insolvency practitioners, lenders and prospective purchasers in relation to licensing matters arising out of insolvency and administration situations; working with the real estate department on significant projects, acquisitions and transactions requiring specialist licensing and due diligence input; and working with the corporate and banking department where financial institutions are providing security over or refinancing licensed premises.

The team has significant experience in advising predominantly GB based operations seeking to become established or to grow and improve their Northern Ireland business.

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Pinsent Masons - Licensing Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for handling licensing issues arising from business expansions. Regularly acts for prominent supermarkets and restaurants. Able to advise on liquor, pharmaceutical and betting licensing concerns. Notable expertise in contested proceedings.

Work highlights Continued to advise ASDA on licence alternations and liquor licensing applications.

Assisted PizzaExpress with licensing matters related to its expansion in Northern Island.

Significant clients Belfast Metropolitan College, The Restaurant Group, Royal County Down Golf Club, The Linenhall Library, N&R Gordon.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate James Griffiths supports retail clients with off-sale licensing issues as part of his broad practice. Interviewees highlight his "first-class service" and "great approach to understanding all the details of a case."

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Band 1

MKB Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Maria Conway of MKB Law is an experienced commercial partner who advises on M&A and transfer issues involving licensed establishments. Interviewees note that "she's very good at navigating technical areas for her clients. She's clever, knowledgeable and practical."

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Band 1

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kirsty Mairs heads the hospitality practice at DWF LLP and is "very attentive to the legislation and to her clients' needs," according to impressed sources. She regularly advises on commercial transactions involving licensed entities in the retail, leisure and gaming fields.

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Band 1

Shean Dickson Merrick

From the Chambers UK guide

Maura McKay of Shean Dickson Merrick is a liquor licensing specialist who is recognised for her expert representation of leading retail clients. She is held in high regard for her experience in contentious and non-contentious settings.

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Star Associate

Mills Selig

From the Chambers UK guide

Maeve Fisher is an experienced licensing practitioner who offers notable strength in contentious and transactions liquor matters. According to impressed interviewees, she is "calm, measured and has an excellent eye for detail."

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Associates to watch

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate James Griffiths supports retail clients with off-sale licensing issues as part of his broad practice. Interviewees highlight his "first-class service" and "great approach to understanding all the details of a case."

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