Poppleston Allen

Jonathan Smith

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Practice Areas

As managing partner Jonathan is responsible for setting the strategy and leading the firm; focusing much of his time on management issues, client satisfaction levels and business development. However, Jonathan is still very ‘hands-on’ and balances leadership with giving alcohol licensing advice to some of the firm’s largest clients. This includes attending licensing reviews, of which he is a veteran of over 150. He has been involved in every Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) appearing as advocate for the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. This included what were widely regarded as the ‘death knells’ for EMROs, the successful challenges involving the London Borough of Lambeth and Blackpool Council, both after five day hearings. To ensure he fully understands the pressures that people working in the leisure sector face, he holds five licensing qualifications covering England, Wales and Scotland. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. Jonathan sits on the Institute of Licensing’s operational and development committee and has sat on various Home Office and Department of Culture, Media and Sport advisory groups. By request he was called to give evidence as part of a The House of Lords Select Committee in a review of the Licensing Act 2003.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Institute of Licensing BBPA Midlands Executive Committee Member


Trained Hunt Dickins (now Freeths); Qualified 1992; Partner Poppleston Allen 2004.


Chapter on Personal Licences in Philip Kolvin QC’s Licensed Premises Law, Practice and Policy 2nd Ed). Articles in The Publican's Morning Advertiser and regular news updates to clients. Licensed Trade Guide, all editions.