Anthony is a partner in the Licensing Department and specialises in alcohol and entertainment licences.
Areas of Expertise
Anthony has considerable experience acting in licensing matters throughout the country, with an emphasis on strategic licensing advice to institutions and landlords, as well as specialising in obtaining premises licences in cumulative impact zones.
Anthony acts for numerous high profile national clients in all sectors of the licensed trade and regularly advises other law firms on difficult licensing issues. He also supports insolvency practitioners in the need for urgent licensing applications following administration.
Anthony is a member and adviser for the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Association, and a member of the British Institute of Innkeeping and UK Hospitality (formerly the ALMR).
In recent years Anthony has had a huge impact on developments in central Manchester, having provided strategic licensing advice to Allied London in their creation of Spinningfields and their acquisition of London Road Fire Station and the Old Granada Studios, Bruntwood Estates in their Circle Square development of the old BBC HQ site on Oxford Road, and Gary Neville’s plans for Jackson’s Row.
Anthony Lyons’ national reputation as a leader in his field is reflected by his invitation to appear as an expert witness to assist the House of Lords in November 2016, on its review of the Licensing Act 2003.
As further testament to his national profile in March 2018 Anthony was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Manchester Law Society.
“Tony always knows the answers before we’ve even asked the questions and genuinely ‘has our backs’.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“He is a doyen of the Northern licensing scene.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“He is an outstanding solicitor with a wealth of knowledge and a level head who is practical and strategic. His knowledge, experience and ability to grasp the pertinent points of a dispute set him apart.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019
“One of the leading licensing lawyers in the UK.” “Hugely experienced and unflappable, with a preternatural ability to get the right results for his clients.” – Legal 500, 2019
Away from the office
Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Chambers & Partners Ranked Lawyer – Band 1
Lifetime Achievement – Manchester Legal Awards 2018