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Richard specialises in licensing and regulatory law.

He has a national reputation as a licensing specialist, representing pub companies, nightclub operators, convenience stores and supermarkets, hoteliers and restaurateurs, as well as local authorities and police forces on all aspects of the law relating to the sale of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment.

Richard regularly speaks on licensing topics to both the trade and the media.

He is a former Regional Director of the British Institute of Innkeepers and a member of the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers. He has contributed to the Licensing Review, the legal section of The Morning Advertiser and to The Off Licence News.

Richard was a keynote speaker at the 2017 MA300 Event hosted by The Morning Advertiser Magazine.

Richard is a member of the Government’s Better Regulation Delivery Office Licensing Group. He also regularly attends IGD industry events.

He has represented clients in a number of significant and nationally reported cases.

In addition, Richard has a significant regulatory practice and is a very experienced advocate appearing before Courts throughout the country. He represents and advises clients in all aspects of enforcement and compliance, including investigations and prosecutions. Clients include not only defendant companies and individuals but also enforcement agencies for whom he has prosecuted. In such circumstances, Richard advises on preparation of the prosecution, witness management, and drafting and lodging proceedings, as well as advocacy. He has prosecuted for the DTi and SRA, as well as having formerly been the Deputy Force Solicitor at Northumbria Police.

Richard’s areas of expertise include fire safety prosecutions, Environmental and Health and Safety, Food safety and labelling, and Maritime Management investigations.




Memberships / Networks

The Institute of Licensing

The Institute of Licensing

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What our clients say

  • "He is completely professional, very approachable and most certainly proactive in support of my business and its premises licences. His proactive approach has most certainly prevented costly reviews by his being ahead of the game approach. His fees are realistic and considering his success rate are in fact a financial saving when considering the negative impact that licencing changes could have on my business. He is ahead of the game."

    Joe Smith, Pub Estates & Operations Director, Pub Culture Ltd
  • "Richard has always gone that little extra for us. He genuinely wants to help and get the best result possible."

Independent verdict

  • ''The highly regarded Richard Arnot has substantial experience representing clients before licensing committees and in contested licencing applications''

    Legal 500
  • "A highly rated practitioner with an impressive caseload who knows his area very well."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Sources observe that he is tenacious and 'knows his stuff'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Richard Arnot is a licensing expert with notable experience in relation to contentious matters. His clients include some of the leading national supermarket chains."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "[Richard has an] intricate understanding of our organisation, astute and savvy approach and keenness to get a resolution that is fit for purpose."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Richard Arnot is a licensing specialist noted for his ability to 'explain difficult legislation in sound, clear language'. Clients comment that he 'knows his stuff and stays up to date with changes'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Richard Arnot is well-regarded by market sources who describe him as 'a good advocate who is experienced within the industry.'"

    Chambers & Partners
  • Richard is listed in the elite Leading Lawyer list by independent legal guide Legal 500 2016, marking him out as one of the most outstanding lawyers in his field nationwide.

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