Blandy & Blandy LLP Solicitors

"Market-leading practice advising clients in the leisure, hospitality and sports industries.”

Chambers UK

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Venue Licensing Solicitors

We enjoy a national reputation for our expertise in advising high profile venue and event operators, in London and across the country, on venue licensing projects. Our specialist expertise is acknowledged in the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, with the latter naming partner and team head Sue Dowling a ‘leading individual’ in the field.

Given an increasingly restrictive and more complex regulatory environment, successful licensing projects require strategic thinking, a carefully considered but responsive approach and an expert and experienced team.

Working closely with stadium directors, finance and operations directors, in-house counsel, external solicitors and other advisers, we have been advising sports events, entertainment and hospitality operators on licensing matters for several decades.

Our clients include some of the UK’s best known sports grounds, stadia and entertainment venues, internationally renowned event operators, London theatre companies, large commercial caterers, hotels, bars and restaurants. We are also instructed by City lawyers without the necessary specialist expertise on behalf of their clients.

A large proportion of our work comes through personal recommendations from our influential clients, the majority of whom we have worked with for many years.

Providing an end to end service, we adopt a hands-on approach, including regularly preparing and lodging applications for new premises licences and, where necessary, representing our clients  before licensing committees at contested hearings. We are also instructed to provide bespoke legal advice to board level directors on specialist areas of law e.g. relating to safety at sports grounds, and alcohol at sporting events.

Our wealth of experience and established relationships with relevant responsible authorities and professional experts (in aspects ranging from noise management to crowd modelling) can help to significantly reduce the likelihood and impact of unexpected and potentially costly issues and delays.

What We Can Help You With

  • Alcohol licensing
  • Buying & selling property
  • Commercial contracts & agreements
  • Corporate
  • Data protection & GDPR
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment law
  • Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sports Act 1987
  • Football Spectators Act 1989
  • Flexibility of use
  • Gambling licensing
  • General and special safety certification
  • Intellectual property
  • Late night refreshment
  • Leases
  • Licensing Act 2003
  • Music licensing (PPL and PRS)
  • Planning & environmental law
  • Regulated entertainment licensing
  • Regulatory issues
  • Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (and Regulations)
  • Sporting Events Control of Alcohol Act 1985
  • Wedding licensing

Looking for expert legal advice?

Our Venue Licensing Solicitors

For expert legal advice call our Venue Licensing team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323

Sue Dowling

Sue Dowling

Partner, Employment Law & Venue Licensing

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Why Choose Us?

LEADING REPUTATION

We are widely acknowledged as one of the leading firms of solicitors London and the south, and indeed the UK, advising on venue licensing matters for sports, entertainment & hospitality clients, with conveniently located offices in Reading and London.

APPROACHABLE SERVICE

Listening carefully to our clients’ needs and aims, we are committed to providing clear, practical, commercially focused and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

HIGHLY EXPERIENCED

You can trust in more than 30 years’ experience of advising on venue licensing projects, acting for many of the UK’s best known venue and event operators.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER ADVISERS

Our established relationships and experience in working with responsible authorities and other lawyers and advisers can help to minimise the likelihood and impact of any unforeseen issues or costly delays.

A JOINED UP APPROACH

We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to organisations, business owners and management teams, allowing you to manage both your private and commercial needs more effectively using a single law firm.

Who we work with

“Sue Dowling stands out for her responsive approach and thorough knowledge of this area of law.”

The Legal 500

“Experienced group that enjoys a fine track record for its work in the sports sector and excels in obtaining premises licences for sizeable stadium events. Also noted for its advice in relation to restaurant, nightclub and theatre licensing matters.”

Chambers UK

“Having worked with Blandy & Blandy for 12 years, 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

“Their advice whilst I was acting Director for the London Olympic Stadium was invaluable.”

David Thomson, Thomson Consultancy

“Sue’s advice and support was instrumental amidst a complicated backdrop of challenges. Her knowledge of the licensing landscape and relationships with key stakeholders gave MCC great confidence that it was in great hands, and no doubt contributed to the success of the project.”

Holly Roper-Curzon, Assistant Secretary (Legal), Lord’s Marylebone Cricket Club

“I found Blandy & Blandy’s advice invaluable when I was at Wembley Stadium.”

Peter Swordy, Operations Director, Crystal Palace FC

Awards & Accreditations

Recommended, Chambers UK

Recommended, Chambers UK

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

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