Licensing again awarded top-tier ranking from Legal 500


The licensing team at law firm Sintons has again been awarded a top-tier ranking from Legal 500 in recognition of its work on some of the region’s most significant new leisure developments.

The specialist department at the Newcastle law firm is consistently highly rated for its unrivalled capability in the licensing field, with Legal 500 praising its “deep expertise in licensing law” and “good contacts with local authority officers”.

Sarah Smith, head of licensing at Sintons, is once again named as a leading individual for her outstanding work with leisure operators across the North and beyond.

The team has again been involved in a host of major projects, which have recently included the redevelopment of Spanish City in Whitley Bay, the creation of Stack in Newcastle city centre, and the opening of the Hadrian’s Tipi pop-up venue.

Legal 500 praised its ability to handle the full spectrum of licensing issues for leisure operators, including those in cumulative impact policy areas, as well as appeal and review proceedings.

Mark Quigley, managing partner at Sintons, said: “We are regarded in the highest terms for our licensing offering at Sintons, with us being the advisor of choice for a host of major leisure operators, and we are delighted to once again be ranked as a top-tier advisor by Legal 500, which provides an independent assessment of the legal landscape in the North of England.

“Sarah and her team offer an outstanding service to clients and have a knowledge and understanding of licensing matters that few can rival. The fact they continue to be instructed on many of the most significant new leisure developments is testament to their efforts.”


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