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Luke Elford

About Luke

Luke is an Associate in TLT's Licensing Team and joined TLT in 2016 from the highly regarded licensing practice at Jeffrey Green Russell. Luke specialises in all forms of alcohol and entertainment licensing and has a wide range of experience having previously worked in the public sector. This makes Luke uniquely placed to advise clients from 'both sides of the fence.' Luke provides strategic and commercial advice to clients helping them to navigate the myriad of rules and regulations applicable to licensed premises. Luke represents a large number of high-profile premises in London and around the UK and is ranked in Chambers 2018 as the "Associate to Watch" for Licensing.

Luke qualified in 2012 and his supervisor at TLT is Matthew Phipps.

Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Recent Experience

  • Ministry of Sound – acted for Ministry of Sound in obtaining a new premises licence for The Ministry, a private members' co-working space in Southwark's cumulative impact zone. The licence was granted following a contested hearing despite objection from local councillors, residents and the licensing authority.
  • Nobu – represented Nobu in relation to their application for a new premises licence for Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. Located in Hackney's Shoreditch Special Policy area the application was granted contrary to policy and in the face of objections from the police, environmental health, licensing and residents.
  • Manhattan Loft Gardens – assisted Manhattan Loft Corporation in obtaining the country's largest vertical premises licence (42 storeys) at the stunning Manhattan Loft Gardens in London's Olympic Park. Worked with the licensing authority and the police to ensure the application was granted without the need for a hearing.
  • Rabbit/The Shed – assisted a client faced with the closure of his two restaurants following a police application for summary review resulting in revocation of the premises licences. Successfully appealed the decision of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to revoke both licences.
  • Bar Termini – succeeded in obtaining and then extending the premises licence for Bar Termini, recently recognised as the 6th best cocktail bar on the planet, in the heart of Westminster's cumulative impact zone. Granted further hours following a contested hearing and objections from the environmental health service.

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