I head up the firm’s Licensing Team. I have over 20 years of specialist licensing experience and can help with all types of premises licensing.
I am responsible for managing the licensing requirements of several large national restaurant chains. This includes all new premises licence applications throughout England and Wales as well as changes to existing restaurants, like amending the layout and/or operational requirements; DPS variations; payment of annual fees and applications by staff for their personal licences.
As a result, I am familiar with licensing policies nationwide and enjoy good relations with the relevant licensing authorities. With the prevalence of outdoor dining, I am proficient at applying for street trading/pavement licences, so customers can enjoy the British sunshine when it makes an appearance.
I have been noted by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Legal Directory) as an ‘associate to watch’ whom stands out for my “attention to detail and responsiveness.”
I am a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2021 guide.
She continues to provide a superb level of service, and her knowledge and work ethic are second to none - Chambers and Partners 2020
Areas of Expertise
Numerous successful applications for new premises licences located within cumulative impact areas nationwide, all granted in acceptable terms for client’s style of operation
Advised and assisted national client on the licensing of their prestigious new site in Conservation Area
Involved in obtaining first premises licence in this country for a famous US burger chain when it set up business in the UK
What others say
“Their knowledge of our business and also the people within it is extremely good and everyone that has any contact with Karen and her team feel confident that we are well looked after.”
“Karen in incredible, her response time is remarkable and her attention to detail is, without a doubt, the reason we have a trouble free time when it comes to licensing.”
“On a personal level we all love to work with Karen as she is relentlessly cheerful, makes us feel very well looked after and valued.”
We feel she gets our business and the often last minute way that we work.”
“Without a doubt Karen is the reason we continue to work with Trethowans and have never looked elsewhere.”
“Karen makes us look good.”
“She continues to provide a superb level of service, and her knowledge and work ethic are second to none.”