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.