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Jeremy Allen Awards 2022

Nominations Now Open!

Pictured, 2021 winner Andy Parsons being presented by Andy Grimsey, senior consultant solicitor, Poppleston Allen. 


We are thrilled to announce that entries are now open for the joint Poppleston Allen solicitors and Institute of Licensing (IOL) Jeremy Allen award.

Now in its 11th year, this award pays tribute to the life and legal licensing career of Poppleston Allen founding partner, Jeremy Allen; one of the most respected and popular figures in the industry. Jeremy sadly passed away shortly after becoming chair of the Institute of Licensing.

The distinguished award aims to honour and recognise outstanding practitioners in the licensing and associated fields. Fundamentally, entry to the award is by third party nomination, this pays tribute to the nominee in that they have been put forward by colleagues in recognition and respect to their professionalism and achievements.

John Garforth, JP. Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Licensing says,: “Licensing practitioners play a pivotal role in raising the profile of what we do and best practice and should be acknowledged and rewarded. The Jeremy Allen Award is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond, played a key role in successful initiatives or have played a key national role in achieving success and accolades in licensing.

“We encourage you to think about those you know who could be put forward for this award and look forward to sifting through some excellent submissions.”


Nominations for the 2022 award are invited by 3rd parties no later than Friday 9th September 2022.

The criteria are outlined below, and we are very much looking forward to receiving nominations from you. Please submit any nominations to info@instituteoflicensing.org  alongside your assessment to why your nominee would be a deserved winner of this award.

Award criteria

The award is a tribute to excellence in licensing and will be allocated on the basis of practitioners who have made a notable difference by consistently going the extra mile. This might include:

a) Local authority practitioners in positively and consistently assisting applicants by going through their licence applications with them and offering pragmatic assistance / giving advice.

b) Practitioners instigating mediation between industry applicants, local authorities, responsible authorities and / or local residents to discuss areas of concern /to enhance mutual understanding between parties.

c) Practitioners instigating or contributing to local initiatives relevant to licensing and /or the night time economy. This could include for example local Pubwatch groups, BIDS, Purple Flag initiatives etc.

d) Practitioners using licensing to make a difference.

e) Regulators providing guidance to local residents and / or licensees.

f) Practitioners involvement with national initiatives, engagement with Government departments /national bodies, policy forums etc.

g) Practitioners provision of local training / information sharing.

h) Private practitioners working with regulators to make a difference in licensing.

i) Responsible authorities taking a stepped approach to achieving compliance and working with industry practitioners to avoid the need for formal enforcement.

j) Regulators making regular informal visits to licensed premises to engage with industry operators, to provide information and advice in complying with legal licensing requirements.

k) Regulators undertaking work experience initiatives to gain a more in depth understanding of industry issues or industry undertaking work experience initiatives to gain a more in depth understanding of regulatory issues.

l) Practitioners embracing and developing training initiatives / qualifications.

m) Elected councillors promoting change within local authorities / industry areas. Showing a real interest and getting involved in the licensing world.

This years shortlisting panel will consist of: Daniel Davies, James Button, John Garforth and Gary Grant.

This annual award honours individuals who make licencing a purpose rather than merely a profession. A tribute to Jeremy Allen’s approach.

Those nominated for consideration of this award should feel proud that others have recognised their hard work and dedication.

For further information contact Carl Weston, Head of Marketing and Business Development, on 0115 953 8500 or email  c.weston@popall.co.uk

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