Licensing team top-rated again by Legal 500 2023


The licensing team at Sintons has again been confirmed as one of the leaders in its field in the North of England by Legal 500 2023, with its legal expertise and commitment to clients again setting it apart in the marketplace.

Sintons’ licensing team acts for a range of clients, from individual operators to major national leisure groups, and handles matters from new applications through to license variations, appeals and defending reviews of licences.

Legal 500 points to its expertise in handling “particularly challenging” applications in special stress or cumulative impact policy areas, with its “good working relationship with local authority licensing officers throughout the North East” being key in the positive outcomes it routinely secures for clients.

Head of licensing Sarah Smith – praised for her “immense knowledge of licensing” – maintains her position in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, in recognition of being named as a leading individual in the North consistently for more than ten years.

Legal 500 quotes one testimonial: “Sarah Smith is one of the best licensing solicitors in the country. Her friendly and approachable style belies a steely determination to achieve the best outcome for our clients.

“She is well known and well liked by committees and responsible authorities. She has immense knowledge of licensing and the sector and her applications are always comprehensively tested before being made.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “Our licensing team is the go-to advisor for leisure operators across the North of England and nationally, with our deep understanding of the leisure market and client-focused approach setting us apart.

“The renewal of our top-tier ranking by Legal 500 2023 is rightful recognition of the work of the licensing team, who continue to win work nationally on the strength of its stellar reputation in this very specialist area of work.

“Sarah Smith continues to be a stand-out name in this area regionally and indeed nationally. She is the longstanding trusted advisor to countless leisure entrepreneurs and businesses, supporting with both contentious and non-contentious matters to secure the best possible outcome for her client and their ambitions. To be in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame is endorsement of the highest quality of lawyer – our congratulations to Sarah on again being part of this prestigious group.”


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