We’re one of the very best licensing practices not only in Nottingham but in the country. Here’s how we’re viewed by industry bodies
The Chambers UK Guide 2016
The Chambers directory is a 'Who's Who' guide for the legal industry and is drawn from independent research and recommendations by clients and solicitors alike. Below is the entry in the 2013 guide.
The Firm – Nottingham and Surrounds
The team is known for being a Licensing boutique which regularly acts for leading multi-site and single-site groups in the hospitality and leisure sector. Also notable for its gaming practice and work on late night alcohol licences.
Clients comment: “I think they are the market leader. They have a good balance of specialist solicitors as well as a younger element. They put in a lot of effort to understand us and our business."
Work highlights include advising the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers in an EMRO hearing relating to a proposed order in Lambeth. The hearing resulted in the borough opting not to implement the measure.
Worked with Mitchells & Butlers on its acquisition of 176 sites from Orchid. The team carried out due diligence on all licences to ascertain whether any of the premises were subject to enforcement orders.
The Firm - London
The team is known for being a licensing boutique renowned for its work throughout the UK and expertise in liquor licensing. Represents a variety of restaurant and pub chains as well as department stores and entertainment venues. Clients comment "An excellent firm; using them is a universally positive experience."
Work highlights include successfully assisted Caprice Holdings with a premises licence for The Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden and assisting Sports Entertainment with a temporary premises licence for Horse Guards Parade for the equestrian Global Champions Tour.
The following partners have the accolade 'Leader in Field'
Lisa Sharkey has deep experience in the licensing space and is considered an "industry expert." Recent work includes leading a High Court challenge by the Chester-based Platinum Lounge lap dancing club, against the council's decision not to renew its licence.
Jonathan Smith is the firm's managing partner and has specialist knowledge of advising clients on late night licensing. Clients praise his "encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing" and his "forensic ability to absorb, dissect and present information."
Graeme Cushion has a broad licensing practice with notable expertise in regulatory matters. One impressed source notes that "although he has great client service skills, his main strength is the way he can translate his knowledge for the layman."
James Anderson is praised for his "deep understanding of the problems and issues businesses face day-to-day." He is renowned for his pub-related work and recently advised a number of groups on the due diligence aspects of transactions involving the acquisition of pubs.
Sources highlight Clare Eames's negotiation skills as one of her key strengths. She has extensive expertise in the leisure industry, having previous worked in-house at Wetherspoons. She is praised for her "in-depth knowledge of the licensing trade."
Clients say Lisa Inzani is "absolutely superb, very straightforward and clear about the process you have to follow." Her experience covers licensing for hotels, restaurants and events.
The Legal 500 Guide 2015
The Legal 500 directory has been published for over twenty years and provides comprehensive coverage on legal services providers. Below is the entry in the 2015 directory:
Poppleston Allen - Nottingham: Licensing
Licensing "expert" Poppleston Allen is the "leading firm in the region".
Jonathan Smith, has ‘Leading Individual’ status and is valued for his “intellectual capacity and sheer graft”;
Lisa Sharkey has ‘Leading Individual’ status and is “at the top of her league”;
Poppleston Allen - London: Licensing
Poppleston Allen provides a “superb” level of service that “cannot be beaten”.
Clare Eames, has ‘Leading Individual’ status;
Lisa Inzani, has ‘Leading Individual’ status and is described as “brilliant” and “approachable” as well as being “calm, authoritative and concise”.