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Malcolm Ireland


Head of Leisure & Licensing

Professional Background:

Malcolm heads the Firm’s licensing offering and leads the Firm’s leisure specialism.  On the licensing front, he has many years of experience in dealing with issues revolving around the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment including transfers, new licence applications, variations, the defence of review applications, appeals and judicial reviews.  He is known for his solution-driven approach and his accomplished advocacy and has acted for a wide range of businesses, from individual bars through to regional breweries through to some of the largest pub companies in the United Kingdom.

In 2008, Malcolm dealt with a judicial review which resulted in the High Court delivering a judgement believed to be the first of its kind under the Licensing Act 2003, creating case law that still stands.

Malcolm also leads the Firm’s leisure specialism, coordinating a team of sector specialists across a range of legal disciplines to deliver a truly specialist service.  Having worked in hospitality prior to embarking in a career in law, and having specialised in leisure throughout his legal career, Malcolm has an deep understanding of how the sector operates which enables concise communication with clients.  Malcolm spends a great deal of time getting to know his clients and their aspirations, allowing the Firm to understand their clients and deliver a tailored, effective service.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work, Malcolm enjoys spending time with his young family, and being out on the hills with his dogs.  He has a passion for good food and good beer and can often be found indulging in both, so a commitment to sports and fitness is also needed to maintain a balance!


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