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.

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Recommended as a Top Tier Firm in The Legal 500 2022 UK Guide

‘The team at Trethowans LLP advises on a range of licensing matters in the retail, hospitality and sport sectors. Led by Karen Lush, the practice handles all premises and personal licensing and has experience acting for large national restaurant estates. Sandra Graham advises on planning matters in relation to licensed premises, as well as alcohol, entertainment and noise-related licensing issues. Julia Palmer is recognised in handling betting and gaming cases. The team also has experience in representing clients in court.’

“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