Andrew is Chairman & Senior Partner & Head of Licensing with over 20 years’ experience as a leading licensing lawyer.
Andrew graduated from the University of Aberdeen and after undertaking his legal education at the College of Law in Chester, Andrew joined Flint Bishop in 1990. Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 1992.
Andrew deals in licensing work on behalf of national and local operators of pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels with a particularly significant following of local operators in Derbyshire. Andrew has been responsible for driving the growth of the licensing department.
Andrew is a Personal Licence Holder and also holds the BII Designated Premises Supervisor Qualification; he has also obtained the Scottish Personal Licence Certificate. Andrew is also an associate member of the British Institute of Innkeeping, a member of the Institute of Licensing and UNBAR.
Andrew deals with applications and reviews right through from inception to hearings before Local Authorities.
Andrew is also recognised as a leading individual in both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
How can Andrew help?
- Alcohol and entertainment licensing
- Betting and gaming
- Regulatory advice and prosecutions
- Reviews and enforcement
- Licensing training
"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 licenses and secured occasional licenses in the aftermath of licenses lapsing. Other work highlights included license revocations, provisional licenses and relicensing. The ‘responsive’ Andrew Cochrane leads the practice."
Legal 500 2017
"Andrew Cochrane is head of licensing at the firm and draws particular praise for his level-headed approach, with one source commenting: "He's always very measured, methodical and organised, he just does everything so smoothly." In a recent highlight, he obtained a new premises licence for a pub in Aberdeen following the insolvency of the previous licence holder."
Chambers & Partners 2018
"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"
Stephen Oliver, ex-Managing Director, Marston's Beer & Pub
"Practice leader Andrew Cochrane never fails to impress: his communication skills and attention to detail are second to none, and he always deals with every issue, no matter how large or small, promptly and professionally. He deals exclusively in licensing matters and has a particularly impressive record in the successful preservation of threatened premises licences."
Chambers & Partners 2014