Licensing help for national clients

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Specialist law firm John Gaunt & Partners continues to occupy the top tier when it comes to licensing issues, sharing the honour with firms from Hull and Leeds.

The last year has seen the firm represent national clients at review hearings and advising Marston’s and Whitbread on multiple licence applications.

While the emponymous law firm’s founder is rated as outstanding, clients also praise colleague Tim Shield as a lateral thinker who combines an in-depth knowledge of licensing law with advocacy skills.

DLA Piper’s licensing team puts a second Sheffield firm into the rankings in the second tier. The team, led by health, safety and environment specialist Teresa Hitchcock, recently assisted Empire Cinemas and Qhotels with alcohol licence applications and advised an international food conglomerate on a premises licence.