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Kuits successfully defends BrewDog in resident’s appeal against new bar

14 Apr 2016

Manchester commercial law firm Kuits has advised BrewDog in dismissing an appeal to halt the opening of its newest premises.

Kuits successfully defended the craft brewer in an appeal made by a local resident to reverse York City Council’s decision to grant BrewDog a licence for a new bar on the city’s famous Micklegate.

The resident, who also owns an establishment on the same street, claimed that a new bar would add to the cumulative impact of nuisance and disorder in the area.

Kuits was able to prove that the grant would not undermine the licensing objectives for the area, which lies in York’s Cumulative Impact Zone, as BrewDog’s clientele were, by their nature, unlikely to cause problems in the public realm.

The Court held that the decision of York City Council was not wrong, and so dismissed the appeal.

Felicity Tulloch, Senior Associate in the Licensing Team, said: “We were able to prove that the appeal was without merit. BrewDog in its very concept does not encourage a ‘binge-drinking’ culture. We are talking about artisan brewers creating a unique product for people that enjoy quality craft beer and are willing to pay for it.”

BrewDog has also successfully obtained licenses for new sites in Norwich and Southampton in recent weeks.

Kuits is the only firm in the North West with a licensing team ranked in the top-tier by Legal 500, a global directory of law firms.

Kuits instructed Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Chambers to act as barrister for BrewDog.

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