Licensing law firm Poppleston Allen has announced that it has promoted senior associate Andy Grimsey to partner as of 1st March 2017.

A former barrister and now highly experienced licensing solicitor, Andy has been advising clients at the firm for over 10 years.

He is a leading figure in the licensing sector having co-drafted the Live Music Act 2012 and been heavily involved in subsequent entertainment deregulation. In 2016 he appeared as an expert witness before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003.

Jonathan Smith, managing partner at Poppleston Allen, comments: Of course the partners are delighted Andy has accepted our offer to become a partner. Andy has worked at Poppleston Allen for many years having helped to lead us through transition and from having never touched licensing when he joined to becoming someone whom authorities and central government approach for advice is testament to the standing he now has in licensing circles across England and Wales. He is also a thoroughly nice bloke

This promotion now means the firm has 8 partners and further strengthen its market position as the UKs leading law firm for alcohol licensing.