Alun Thomas

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Alun is co-founder of the firm. He has 20 years' experience of licensing and related matters, including planning and regulatory crime. He is very familiar with the issues arising from licensing reform and sat on the influential DCMS advisory group.

Alun's practice ranges from shopping centres and development work, to high-profile operators, theatres and restaurants, both large and small. He represents many clients within London Boroughs, especially Westminster.

He has also acted for casinos and has been heavily involved in the legislation relating to sex establishments.

Recent instructions include:

The Royal Parks. Following complaints relating to noise from the 2011 concert program, the City Council instigated a licensing review. Alun defended the review, as a result of which the conditions proposed by the environmental health and the local residents were not imposed. For more details, click here.

Westfield Stratford. Licensed over 50 restaurants for the opening of the centre last autumn - overcoming cumulative impact objections before the licensing sub-committee. Instructed to licence more than 15 hospitality venues, and to extend the hours for all their restaurants during the Olympics.

House of St Barnabas. Obtained planning permission for the only Grade I listed building in Soho for use as a private members club.

5 Hertford Street. Obtained the re-grant of planning permission and a licence variation for Robin Birley's new iconic members club and restaurant in Mayfair.

Chambers UK describes Alun as 'highly regarded by clients for his approachable personality and can-do attitude'.

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