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Venue Licensing

"Licensing both The O2 and The SSE Arena, Wembley, they are as competent and professional as any other city law firm we have worked with.

Rachel Garber, Legal Director, AEG Europe

Employment Law Solicitors in Reading & Henley-on-Thames

The licensing environment is becoming increasingly restrictive and more complicated. Before making any licensing application, careful preparation has to be undertaken in order to achieve the best possible results.

Working closely with stadium directors, finance and operations directors, in-house counsel, external city lawyers (from different disciplines) and other senior figures, we advise leading licensed venue developers and operators. This includes those planning to build or operate a new venue, operating existing venues, wishing to refurbish, redesign and/or expand their venues or their licensed activities and those supplying to, or connected, with the licensed trade.

With nationally recognised expertise in venue licensing, we work with a broad range of clients, including some of the UK’s best known sports grounds, stadia and entertainment venues, internationally renowned event operators, leading theatre operators, commercial catering companies, hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants.

Virtually all of our venue licensing work comes through recommendation from previous or existing clients. As well as being instructed by venue owners/operators, we are also instructed by other (typically City) lawyers to act on behalf of their venue clients.    

We are ranked as a top tier firm for licensing in The Legal 500, with partner and team head Sue Dowling singled out as one of just two ‘leading individuals’ in the field. Our firm is also highly ranked in Chambers UK Guide, with Sue described as a “popular choice to handle licensing matters concerning sporting events” and as “pragmatic, knowledgeable and experienced”. Sue is credited by clients for her "commercial approach“ and “clear and extensive advice”.  

Our wealth of experience means we have an excellent understanding of the licensed sector, including the dynamic between venues owners and the other parties involved (such as commercial caterers and event promoters). Sue Dowling regularly appears before licensing committees, in particular in London and the south east. Over the years, we have also established strong relationships with various officers at different Responsible Authorities and with other professional experts (for example, with individuals expert in acoustics/noise management and crowd-modelling). These relationships enable us to assist our clients in every aspect of a licensing project in an efficient, cost-effective way. 

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