Stephanie Perraton is a partner and heads our licensing practice in the UK. Her particular expertise covers all aspects of licensing including alcohol, entertainment and late night food sales.

    Stephanie has specialised in licensing since 1992. Her clients include a wide range of operators from listed companies to entrepreneurs. The applications she has dealt with range from stadiums and full service hotels to small bespoke catering outlets and off-licences. Stephanie prides herself on providing a one-stop shop for clients and takes on the management of all their licensing requirements. As part of this Stephanie has experience in reviewing and advising upon due diligence systems and has drafted operations manuals and compliance documents for numerous clients as part of their overall compliance. She has also provided training at both a legal and operational level including general updates and training on specific changes in law

    Stephanie has experience in all aspects of regulatory law and more recently the Security Industry Act. The Act deals with the licensing of door supervisors. In addition she can advise on the licences required for playing copyright music by PRS, PPL or VPL, Civil Ceremonies and Special Treatments.

    Stephanie also provides support on corporate, property and insolvency transactions involving licensed premises.

    Stephanie and her team write client updates on topical legal issues for the licensed trade in England and Wales and is a member of the Institute of Licensing.

    Stephanie is described as “outstanding and incredibly knowledgeable" and is regarded by peers as "an absolute powerhouse who has a level of gravitas that clients appreciate." in the 2014 edition of Chambers and Partners’ Chambers UK.

    Further Stephanie and her team are "very prompt in dealing with enquiries and they provide good value for money." "The team is extremely knowledgeable within its sector; they have a detailed knowledge of our business and sometimes know more than we do."

    In The Legal 500 UK the team are described as having "first-class industry knowledge and excellent response times".  Stephanie is admired for her ‘business acumen'.

    Practice head Stephanie Perraton "always finds a solution".

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    • Managing of all aspects of the licensed estate for several clients, one of whom operates more than 300 separate units incorporating different “brands” at railway stations, airports and holiday village locations.
    • She handles applications for a wide variety of premises including offices, sports stadiums, universities, museums, hospitals and galleries on behalf of a catering company.
    • ┬čAdvising various Stadiums, concert venues and exhibition halls on all aspects of the Premises Licence, including alterations, variations, signage, security industry applications and embedded restrictions.
    • Advising on several prosecutions and potential prosecutions for offences arising out of the Licensing Act.
    • Stephanie deals with her own advocacy on behalf of clients and attends hearing in front of local authority licensing committees and Magistrates Courts
    • She has dealt with several review hearings including one following problems at a large outdoor event and successfully avoided countless additional conditions being added to the licence.


    • University of Central England, LL.B (Hons), 1987
    • College of Law, Chester, Law Society Finals, 1988


    • England and Wales, 1990

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Ranked Number 1 in both The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK.
    • Listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual.
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Licensing, The Regions
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Licensing
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Licensing

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