Legal expertise on tap

Whether it be for a post-work drink or a relaxing Sunday afternoon, pubs play a key role in the social lives of many people. 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. 

Contact us today to find out what we can do for you. 

How we can help

Our specialist legal team has years of experience in working with clients from across the licensing industry, from large pub chains to single publicans looking to buy their first pub. Our team of expert brewery solicitors can offer advice and support on all licensing matters, including: 

  • Buying/selling your pub
  • Dealing with all leasehold matters including the grant, renewal, variation of leases
  • New premises licence applications 
  • Variations, transfers and temporary event notices 
  • Application process support 
  • Any litigation/dispute matters relating to your business/lease

Drawing from our experience, we will offer bespoke advice and support that is entirely tailored to your needs and objectives.

Who we can help

Having built a reputation for customer excellence, our specialist team supports clients of all sizes. We have acted for a number of breweries and pub companies as well as being recommended solicitors for several pub business agents.

In cases which involve criminal prosecution, we work closely with our dedicated business defence team to offer expertise in criminal investigations. We are able to guide clients through the process, seeking to minimise any disruption to the business and protecting its best interests at all costs. 

Don’t just take our word for it...

Our brewery litigation team is backed by Legal 500 recognition, 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’. (...)

Legal 500
Why choose Smith Partnership?

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 a firm, we pride ourselves on adopting a straight-talking and friendly approach whereby any advice is guaranteed to be practical and free of jargon. We also work towards building strong relationships with clients, really getting to know their businesses and goals and offering legal assistance whenever it’s needed. 

We understand that excellent communication is an essential element to proactive case management. Along with regular contact via telephone, email and face-to-face meetings at your premises or our offices in Derby, Burton Upon Trent, Swadlincote, Leicester and Stoke on Trent, clients can also access our online reporting system, ensuring they are able to keep fully up-to-date with their case at all times. 

Our transparent service ensures that fees are clearly explained before work begins. The high service levels are coupled with competitive market pricing and we make a concerted effort to ensure that the charges made are competitive yet adequately reflect the high level of service and dedication that Smith Partnership is known for. In many debt recovery cases, the team will act on a fixed fee basis, offering even greater peace of mind.

Contact our team today

To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via or complete our contact form.