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Poppleston Allen

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Managing Partner: Lisa Sharkey
Number of partners: 9
Solicitors: 8
Other fee-earners: 19

Gambling & Gaming:
Nick Arron
Licensing: Jonathan Smith, Clare Eames, Lisa Inzani, Lisa Sharkey, James Anderson
Licensing & Regulatory:
Graeme Cushion
Licensing & Festivals: Andy Grimsey

THE FIRM Poppleston Allen is the largest firm of licensing solicitors in the UK, specialising in the alcohol, entertainment, food hygiene, health and safety, regulatory and gambling sectors. 
Its clients range from one off and unique operators such as Smoking Goat in Shoreditch, OMEARA in Southwark and Detonate Festival in Nottingham through to national multi-site brands. Examples of national clients include: wagamama, Stonegate Pub Company, Mitchells & Butlers, Hilton Hotels, The Ivy Collections, Arena Racing, Five Guys, Tenpin, Deltic Group, Vue Cinemas, PizzaExpress, Deliveroo, Paddy Power Betfair and Gauselmann Group We help operators obtain, vary and protect the numerous licences needed on licensed and gambling premises. 

The firm helps defend against licensing, gambling, food hygiene and health and safety reviews. And it manages due-diligence on mergers and acquisitions. Many of the firm's solicitors work with professional bodies, speak at industry events, write for the national trade press and advise central Government on licensing regulation. Poppleston Allen also works closely with local authorities, police and professional bodies such as UK Hospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the Institute of Licensing. So, the firm does not see itself as just legal advisors to the licensed trade, but part of it.

Alcohol & Food Licensing: 93%
Gaming & Gambling: 6%
Regulatory: 1%

The firm advises hundreds of the leading pub, restaurant, bar, festival, nightclub, betting, gaming and leisure brands on all types of licensing, gambling and associated regulatory crime (health and safety). The firm has experience in obtaining new licences and licence variations in cumulative impact areas and has been involved in every EMRO, appearing as advocate for the ALMR. The firm also advises the ALMR on Late Night Levy legislation. The firm also provides a full range of licensing training courses.

Clients Include Stonegate Pub Company, Mitchells & Butlers, Wagamama, Cote Restaurants, PizzaExpress, Jamie’s Italian, Paddy Power, Butlins, BII, BBPA, ALMR, Selfridges, House of Fraser and Kopparberg.