Licensing Solicitors

Licensing law takes more than just specialist knowledge. It is about building relationships, mitigating risks, developing a strategy. With so much at stake, we will do all we can to help you get the licences you need – from food, drinks and outdoor dining to sports, arts and music events.

Our specialist licensing lawyers have a national reputation for providing expert legal advice to leisure and retail clients. We act for household name restaurant chains, Premier League football clubs, a number of hotels, as well as individuals and events.

We will help you make a successful licensing application within your timescales and, if you face enforcement actions, we can represent you with confidence. Big or boutique, one-off or permanent, we offer the same efficient, personal service and individual advice.

We can help you with:

  • Premises Licensing
  • Personal Licences
  • Temporary Event Notice
  • Pavement/Highways Licences (also known as table and chairs/street trading licenses)

Recommended as a Top Tier Firm in The Legal 500 2021 UK Guide

‘Trethowans have extensive experience acting for large national restaurant estates and retail leaders on the full scope of licensing matters. The practice, under the leadership of Karen Lush, handles all premises and personal licensing and undertakes advisory work for national clients. Sandra Graham is a specialist in alcohol and entertainment licensing, as well as planning aspects of matters. The team also has the capacity to represent clients in court. Other team members include Julia Palmer, whose focus includes the Gambling Act 2005 and other betting issues.’

“Provides an excellent service and its knowledge of the law and procedures in the area is second to none.”

Legal 500

Meet the team

Karen Lush

Associate and Head of Licensing

Sandra Graham

Solicitor and Notary Public

Julia Palmer


Lionel Fynn