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The Legal 500 2017 ranked Flint Bishop's Licensing department in Tier 2. They commented:
“Providing an ‘excellent service’, Flint Bishop LLP assists with matters involving change of ownership and refurbishment of premises, and remains particularly strong on licensing reviews across the country.

The team represented clients before local authorities against noise abatement orders, conducted reviews of premises licences and secured occasional licences in the aftermath of licences lapsing.

Other work highlights included licence revocations, provisional licences and relicensing. The ‘responsive’ Andrew Cochrane leads the practice.”

Chambers and Partners 2017 said:
“Respected group that often acts for pub companies and hotels. Benefits from a depth of experience on a wide range of licensing matters.”
Stephen Oliver, Former Managing Director, Marston’s PLC said:
“The licensing team at Flint Bishop are experts in their field, dedicated to customer service, commercial in their outlook and are extremely well integrated into our business. We work closely with Andrew Cochrane, who is very professional and highly approachable. His team are well organised, quick to respond to our needs and are always accurate. In addition, their costs are extremely competitive.
Simon Brister, Solicitor for Youth Hostel Association said:
“Our food and beverage team have been extremely happy with the work that Andrew and his team have done”
Darren Bromley-Davenport, MD, Portal Medical Limited said:
“Flint Bishop’s quality of advice is second to none and their level of customer service is beyond any I have encountered in the legal sector”
Ralph Jones, Director, Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd said:
“A premier law firm that for over 25 years has given me first rate advice, a friendly service and extremely efficient responses. A pleasure to have as legal advisors.”
Mike Westcott-Rudd, Head of corporate legal services, Land Registry said:
“I find that their practical approach, combined with their strong technical expertise and value-for-money fee structures, sets them apart from the competition. A reliable, trustworthy service with fast turnaround times and I am happy to recommend them.”

Case Studies

The Youth Hostel Association

In 2007 / 2008 The Youth Hostel Association asked us to help them. At the time (and currently still) they operated a chain in excess of 200 Youth Hostels most of which were unlicensed. In order to diversify its client base / broaden its appeal, we were instructed to make applications for new 24-hour Premises Licences in respect of approximately 120 of their hostels.

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CCTV Failure

During a visit by the Police, they discover that the CCTV does not work in accordance with the conditions specified in the Licence. They issued a notice pursuant to Section 19 CJPA 2001 and suggest the premises will have to close immediately failing which there will be unauthorized licensable activities pursuant to Section 136 of the LA 2003.

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Recently refurbished pub with a Cask Ale theme. The pub had been closed for a while and has recently reopened and been doing very well. Cask Ale has proved to be particularly popular. Unfortunately, on New Year’s Eve, there is a “glassing” incident.

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The Underage Sale

Busy town centre pub with no particular history of difficulties. The Landlord sells alcohol to three youths under the age of 18. They leave the premises and violently attack a man leading to his death. One of the youths is convicted of manslaughter.

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Violent Incident at
Community Pub

A community pub which has already been the subject of a review. On an otherwise quiet Friday evening, two customers of the pub are subject to a very violent and apparently unprovoked attack causing serious injury. Police attend and immediately order the premises to close under Section 161 LA 2003.

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Absence of the Designated
Premises Supervisor

A new Tenant telephones at 4.30 pm on a Friday evening before a Bank Holiday to advise that they have just received a visit from the Police who say that the person named on the Licence as Designated Premises Supervisor is not the same as the Personal Licence Holder (and new Tenant) in the pub.

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