Julian Skeens

SRA Licensed Solicitor

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Julian is an expert in liquor licensing and entertainment law and has undertaken cases throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

Julian has over 30 years’ experience in delivering licensing successes across the UK and advises a broad range of prestigious clients, including pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, SEVs, galleries, theatres, and hotels.

For the past 33 years Julian has been consistently recognised by his peers as a leading expert in the field of licensing law (see Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500 UK; both independent guides to the legal profession)

Known by his competitors as a "creative thinker" and a "formidable opponent" he leaves no stone unturned in his relentless pursuit of his clients best interests. When that requires changing the law, he he changes it. The fact that no one else has ever been granted such a license is irrelevant to Julian

When clients found out that the Odyssey in Belfast could not be granted a license to sell alcohol as a matter of law, he changed the law. It is now claimed that the Odyssey is the busiest Arena in the world

When approached by the creators of the iconic Ministry of Sound, the fact no one had ever been granted a 24 h license before was just an historical note to him, and, undaunted by fierce opposition, he obtained that licence for the Ministry; the rest, as they say, is history!

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