‘Excellent’ licensing team wins further independent praise


The “excellent track record” and deep legal expertise of Sintonslicensing team has seen the firm hailed as one of the leading specialist advisors of its kind in the country.

Sintons is known on a national basis for its capability in licensing, acting for leisure entrepreneurs and operators on both contentious and non-contentious matters and supporting them to achieve their visions.

Chambers praises Sintons for its “adept” handling of licences in cumulative impact zones, and for its expertise in a range of specialist matters, including sexual entertainment, retail, leisure, food and drink and taxi licensing.

Contested licensing issues are a “particular strength” of the firm, says Chambers, and its experience in advising on temporary licences is also key in its offering.

Head of licensing Sarah Smith, regularly hailed as one of the leading licensing lawyers in the North, is described as “the licensing solicitor par excellence, dedicated and committed to her client’s cause”.

The national praise for Sintons’ capability from Chambers comes only weeks after Legal 500 2023 shared similarly positive findings, awarding a top-tier ranking and hailing Sintons as a true leader in its field, as the go-to licensing advisor for clients across the sector.

“Our licensing team is the go-to advisor for leisure operators on a national basis, with our deep understanding of the leisure market and client-focused approach setting us apart,” says Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons.

“The findings from Chambers are rightful recognition of the excellent work of the team, which is continuing to expand across the UK on the strength of its stellar reputation in this very specialist area of work – under the leadership of Sarah Smith, who is again named as a national leader in her field, licensing continues to be a very strong area of growth for us.”


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