A partner from Liverpool firm Weightmans is joining a new niche practice specialising in licensing and regulatory law.
Anthony Horne, until August head of licensing at Weightmans, is linking up with Richard Williams at Licensing Legal. Williams previously worked at Cobbetts and West End commercial firm Joelson Wilson & Co.
Licensing Legal, which has offices in Manchester and Liverpool, advises pubs, restaurants, and the gaming and entertainment industries. Its formation comes ahead of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 in February 2005. This will mean holders of a variety of liquor and entertainment licenses will have to convert their existing licenses into new Premises Licenses, and also establishments selling alcohol will be able to apply for extended opening.