Licensing again confirmed as a leading advisor in the North


The “excellent track record” of Sintons’ specialist licensing team has won praise from Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2021, with its strong capability and levels of client service both hailed as being crucial to its offering.

The team, led by renowned licensing specialist Sarah Smith, is known for its expertise in all licensing matters, both contentious and non-contentious – “contested licenses are a particular strength,” notes Chambers – and represents clients from around the country.

It is “adept” at obtaining licences in cumulative impact zones, as well as in advising clients from sectors including sexual entertainment, retail, leisure and food and drink.

The licensing team was praised for its “very high” standards, with Chambers adding “they are easy to work with and have always provided high-quality results”. It recently won similar praise from the Legal 500 Guide 2021, which confirmed its reputation as one of the leading licensing specialists in the North.

Sarah Smith – recently named as part of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in recognition of her career achievements – wins particular praise, and is highlighted for her capability in handling premises license applications, as well as licence variations and revocations, alongside taxi licensing work.

“Sarah is a pleasure to work with. She is easy to contact, very intelligent and knowledgeable in the field of licensing,” cites Chambers.

“She goes above and beyond … she is very meticulous and detailed, but also explains things in layman’s terms.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner, said: “We are regarded in the highest terms nationally for our work in licensing and are regularly involved in major high-profile new leisure developments in the North East and far beyond.

“Sarah has built a team which has become the trusted go-to advisor of leisure operators across the UK, and its commitment to client service, alongside its legal excellence, makes it a stand-out advisor in this area of work.

“To receive such strong praise from Chambers 2021, which echoes the findings of Legal 500 about our standards of legal and client excellence, is very pleasing indeed, and is yet more independent endorsement of the first-rate work of Sarah and her team.”


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