“Graeme Cushion and his team have done an excellent job at managing this important aspect of the business.”

Marc Ward

Group Head of Acquisitions, Azzurri Restaurants Limited


Graeme holds an LLB (Hons) in Law and qualified as a Solicitor in 1996. Graeme joined us as a Solicitor in January 2001 and was made a Partner and Head of Regulatory Crime in April 2005.

His experience as a magistrates’ court advocate led to a move to practising licensing law. With his background in criminal law, Graeme heads up the firm’s regulatory crime section and focuses on crimes ancillary to licensing.

This involves crimes related to serving alcohol (underage sales and drunkenness), health and safety, food safety and noise nuisance.

In the Chambers and Partners legal guide Graeme is lauded “wonderful, a trouble-shooter, definitely the most efficient licensing lawyer I’ve met”; and in the Legal 500 Guide Graeme is noted as “reliable, efficient and methodical”.

Graeme represents a number of high profile restaurant operators including:

  • PizzaExpress
  • Ask
  • Zizzi
  • Byron Hamburgers
  • Yo! Sushi

He also does a lot of work for universities and students unions as well as a number of independent clients.

He has been involved in several challenges to the late night levy on behalf of the ALMR and contributes regular licensing articles to the Publican’s Morning Advertiser and other leading industry publications.

Graeme wrote and appeared in a training DVD called ‘Teenage Kicks, the Poppleston Allen Guide to the Prevention for Underage Sales’ and has co-written the definitive pocket guide to the new licensing act, called The 2017 Licensed Trade Guide.