The Legal 500

Dedicated licensing firm Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP provides ‘professionally considered, accurate and valuable advice’.

Recent work includes acting for the Hackney Arts Centre on obtaining a new 2am licence contrary to policy and local opposition. The firm also advised Shaftesbury on the redevelopment of several restaurant units.

Key practitioners include Thomas O’Maoileoin and Alun Thomas , who offer ‘excellent commercial acumen and ability to deal with complex stakeholder environments’. Other key clients include Ellipsis Entertainment, 85 Piccadilly and the Royal Academy of Music.

Chambers UK

Boutique licensing firm handling all aspects of liquor licensing with a focus on clients operating in the West End of London. Advises a range of high-profile clients from the retail, restaurant and property industries. Well equipped to deal with licensing issues arising from new developments of entertainment venues and shopping centres. Particularly adept at licence applications in cumulative impact zones.

Clients Say

They are very hard-working, very practical and very knowledgeable about central London.

Work Highlights

Obtained a new 2,500-capacity 2am licence for Hackney Arts Centre, contrary to policy and local opposition.

Notable Practitioners

Thomas O'Maoileoin stands out for his ‘first-rate reputation among clients.’ He acts for high-end restaurants, private members’ clubs and other clients in the hospitality industry.

Alun Thomas advises high-end operators, theatres and restaurants on licensing applications in central London. Interviewees note: ‘He gets the results the clients want. He is very good in front of tribunals and court. He has a very engaging manner.


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