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Liz joined Harris Hagan in September 2004 having created and headed City solicitors, Richards Butler’s (now Reed Smith), highly regarded liquor and entertainment, betting and gaming licensing department for 11 years. Her clients followed her to Harris Hagan and Reed Smith, in common with many other law firms, refers its licensing work to her, frequently involving Liz in joint presentations to new and existing clients.
She specialises in all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law and acts for many of the major players in the leisure world, including large companies with in-house legal departments, property developers, major cultural institutions, hotels, casinos, restaurants and entertainment operators.
She has been involved in many landmark cases in the UK and is renowned for her successful advocacy in courts and at local authority hearings throughout the country. She has particularly relevant and successful experience against various councils’ late night policies. She has enjoyed success in obtaining late night liquor and entertainment licences, including the first 24-hour casino in Westminster.
Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Licensing and remains a member of the London Brewery Solicitors’ Association of which she was the first and, for several years, the only, female member.
She is a graduate of St. Anne’s College, Oxford and has a masters degree in Jurisprudence.