Brewery Litigation

Brewery Litigation Solicitors

Legal expertise on tap…


Relaxing over a drink is a key part of many people’s social life and here at Smith Partnership we do our job so publicans can get on with theirs, safe in the knowledge that any legal issues relating to their business are taken care of.

Our specialist legal team work with clients from across the licencing industry, from large pub chains to single publicans looking to buy their first pub.

Having built a reputation for customer excellence, the team supports clients of all sizes, acting for a number of breweries and pub companies as well as being the recommended solicitors for several pub business agents. Our Brewery Litigation team has been featured in the Legal 500, which states:

“Noted for its ‘very good response and service levels’, Smith Partnership has particular strength in property litigation and litigation regarding breweries, both specialisms of practice head and mediator Russell Davies, who attracts praise for his ‘experience, honesty and understanding of situations from a legal and personal perspective’. (...)"

When it comes to the highly-regulated area of licensing and leisure, it is essential to have expert legal advice you can trust to help you handle any legal matters which may arise. Several of our team members hold the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (NCPLH) qualification, so you can be sure you are in safe hands.

As you would expect from Smith Partnership, working with the licencing team is easy. Adopting a straight-talking and friendly approach, the team build strong relationships with their clients and with fees clearly explained before work begins, clients are reassured on costs. In many instances, such as debt recovery cases, the team will act on a fixed fee basis, offering even greater peace of mind.

Our team of expert brewery solicitors can offer advice and support on all licencing matters including:

  • New premises licence applications
  • Variations, transfers and temporary event notices
  • Application process support

Understanding that excellent communication is an essential element to pro-active case management, along with regular contact with the legal team, clients are also able to access our online reporting system, ensuring they are able to keep fully up-to-date with their case.

For cases involving criminal prosecution, the team, which offers expertise in criminal investigations, are able to guide clients through the process, seeking to minimise any disruption to their business.

To find out more and to discuss your specific requirements, contact us.

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The Team


Our dedicated Brewery Litigation team offers extensive experience guiding clients through the various legal aspects associated with the licensing and leisure sector. The team includes:

  • Russell Davies
    Russell Davies
  • Tara Harding
    Tara Harding
  • Rashid Ali
    Rashid Ali
  • Bally Atwal
    Bally Atwal
  • Kevin McGrath
    Kevin McGrath
    Managing Partner, Head of Business Defence

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