John Gaunt & Partners authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority - SRA No. 173393.
Solicitors of England & Wales
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- About Us
John Gaunt & Partners is a legal practice dealing only in licensing and entertainment, gambling and regulatory matters. It was established in 1995 to provide a dedicated, first class, pro-active and cost effective service to meet the needs of those active in the leisure industry both in the on and off licence trade and the gambling industry.
We have a resource, substantially unmatched elsewhere in the Country, comprising our team of Solicitors, paralegals and administrative support staff.
This resource gives us the ability to ensure that we can provide a fast responsive service at any time of the day or night, appreciating the nature of the business in which we operate is not limited to office hours - so neither are we.
We operate nationally across England and Wales and Scotland.
Since its launch, this website has been widely acclaimed for its clarity, content and ease of navigation. We believe that it is reflects who we are, what we are and what we do.
Update (September 2011) - In the newly issued edition of "The Legal 500" (widely acknowledged as one of the leading independent guides to the legal profession) the firm is again recognised as a ‘first tier' licensing practice and with all four of our partners recommended for licensing led by the ‘exceptional’ John Gaunt who is specifically named in the elite "Leading Lawyers" list for Yorkshire and Humberside.
Update (November 2010) - Chambers 2011 again ranks us as a top firm for licensing; indeed they say "this dedicated Sheffield practice is one of the leading names in licensing throughout England and Wales, and has also begun to make significant inroads into the Scottish market." A client is quoted as saying: "They are utterly attentive and always make me feel important. They know my needs and are quick to attend to them." The partners receive commendations variously for their expertise, knowledge and approach.
John Gaunt & Partners was set up as a specialist licensing practice in 1995 by Partners John Gaunt and Katharine Redford. The intervening period has seen the practice grow significantly in terms of its size, range of clients and areas of expertise.
Those clients include national operators of pubs and bars, restaurants, hotels and developers and retailers of all sizes within the off-trade including many of the major leisure operators by whom we are often nationally retained, and to whom we provide a discreet professional service.
In terms of gambling, we represent bookmakers and betting offices and produce a quarterly legal update for the industry.
We are also retained by leading commercial legal practices to advise on licensing due diligence in appropriate matters.
Licensing Services are broken down into management services, bespoke services, regulatory services and training.
Senior Partner, John Gaunt says: Our philosophy is to offer a service that is the industry leading, bringing added value to our clients with a common sense, sound commercial approach to the advice which we give.
We work closely with our clients and we are generally regarded by them as an integral team player. Added value is brought to our relationships in many ways. These include complimentary attendance at operational team meetings, regular feedback meetings thereby ensuring that the service we provide meets the service requirements of the client and by the offering of free e-mail updates on matters of topical interest. We also offer a 24 hour helpline manned by one of the Solicitors to ensure immediate access to specialist and experienced advice when it may be most needed.
We believe an active involvement in industry organisations including, for example, Business in Sport and Leisure of which we are a sponsor. We are active members of the Institute of Licensing. We were the lead professional consultant to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on the introduction of electronic licence applications.
We know that our fee rates are checked in the market place by our major clients on a regular basis and are always found to be cost effective and are more than competitive.
Consistently recommended by the independent guides to the legal profession, the firm's position at the forefront of licensing has been repeatedly acknowledged:
"I believe your firm is the service supplier to the hospitality & leisure industry that others wish they could aspire to. Why do you think we all log onto your site, you have so much information available - even for the competition!" - Licensing Practitioner