Licensing team maintains top-tier ranking in Legal 500 2019


The specialist licensing team at Sintons is again hailed as a leader in its field in the North of England by Legal 500 for its capability and wide-ranging expertise.

The department maintains its long-held top-tier ranking in Legal 500 2019, in recognition of its work with key clients in the leisure sector regionally and nationally.

The team is praised for its breadth of expertise, from general administration and new applications to defending reviews of licences and handling applications in cumulative impact policy areas, and for its strong client base, which includes many of the leading leisure operators in the North of England. Legal 500 also hails its specialism in taxi licensing law.

Sarah Smith, head of licensing at Sintons, is again named as a leading individual for her work on behalf of clients, and is hailed for her ability to work in collaboration with licensing authorities and responsible bodies.

Consultant Barry Speker also wins praise in this area, with Legal 500 naming him as “notable” for his work in advising restaurants and takeaways on licensing and property matters. He is a longstanding trusted advisor to the Chinese community in Newcastle and the wider North.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our licensing team has a long-standing reputation as being one of the leaders in its field of the North of England, and Legal 500 2019 rightly gives further recognition of this status. Our work in this very specialist area is unrivalled and Sarah Smith is a true expert in this field, leading a team which acts for major nationally-known leisure names on a wide range of matters and delivering excellence in legal and client service.

“Leisure is another area of the Sintons business which continues to grow and make even further gains, and we are delighted with this continuing progress.”


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