Suraj graduated from the University of King's College London with a Law degree (LLB) and received a distinction in the Legal Practice Certificate prior to joining Poppleston Allen, where he trained and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.
An an alcohol and entertainment licensing solicitor with years of experience, Suraj can help you with your licensing requirements and assist with finding solutions to any licensing related issues you may have.
Suraj acts for a wide range of clients from individuals and independents to national operators with multiple sites including leading major pub and restaurant chains, entertainment venues, wine retailers, hotels, late night operators, developers and online alcohol delivery and food businesses.
Suraj advises on all aspects of premises licensing law, including:
- licensing requirements on acquisition of a premises including undertaking due diligence, licensing clauses in agreements and leases
- new premises licence applications and variation through to challenging reviews, appeals and appearing at contested licensing hearings to represent you and representing your interests in meetings with responsible authorities and police
- complex licensing applications in difficult areas - Suraj has achieved notable success in obtaining new premises licences and material variations in towns and cities with a cumulative impact policy in place where there is a presumption to refuse such applications,
Suraj also provides advice in relation to weights & measures and consumer protection from unfair trading legislation and its impact on licensed operators.
Where clients, stakeholders and local authorities require training in relation to licensing, Suraj can deliver that training for you including practical and interactive licensing committee training on processes and decision-making.
Suraj is a regular contributor to the trade press including the trades key national magazine and work with various stakeholders and trade bodies within the industry. He is the author of various Poppleston Allen trade guides, articles, blogs and research surveys and reports, including surveys on the Late Night Levy and cumulative impact policies, which have been widely referenced in the trade and national press.