Nicola Smith specialises in hospitality and leisure. Her expertise covers both licensing and food law.
Nicola acts for a wide range of clients from listed companies to entrepreneurs. She prides herself on providing commercially-minded advice as part of a one-stop shop for clients dealing with the management of all of their licensing and food law issues.
According to Chambers UK 2013, “senior associate Nicola Smith is a key part of the team. Sources say that she is ‘responsive, pragmatic and gets it done,’ with one client adding that she ‘shows a very good understanding of our business and is very well organized and practical.’” Nicola is also highly recommended in TheLegal 500 UK.
In addition to direct advice on licensing and food issues, Nicola provides support on corporate, property and insolvency transactions and advises on the licences required for the playing of copyright music by PRS or PPL. Nicola is experienced in reviewing and advising upon due diligence systems and has drafted operations manuals and compliance documents for numerous clients following such reviews. She has also provided training at both a legal and operational level including general updates and training on specific changes in law, such as the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation.
Nicola has successfully represented clients at numerous contested hearings across the country, including for the grant of licences in cumulative impact zones (in the fact of numerous residential objections) and for applications that are contested by the police. She has also dealt with threatened and actual licence reviews, including a review following three test purchase failures, where the committee were nevertheless persuaded that the licence should not be revoked or suspended.
Nicola writes client updates on topical legal issues for the licensed trade in England and Wales and is a member of the Institute of Licensing.