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Kuits successfully defends The Alchemist in appeal against new bar

22 Nov 2016

Manchester commercial law firm Kuits has advised The Alchemist in dismissing an appeal to halt the opening of its new premises in Newcastle.

Kuits successfully defended the bar in an appeal made by a local company associated with a nearby bar, as well as a local landlord, to reverse Newcastle City Council’s decision to grant The Alchemist a licence.

The new bar will be situated on the city’s new multi-million pound intu Eldon Square development. Kuits was able to prove that the grant would not add to the cumulative social and environmental impact of nearby bars, as The Alchemist would offer a different experience, attracting a distinct type of customer.

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

Rebecca Ingram, solicitor in Kuits’ licensing team, said: “The Alchemist by its nature attracts a more mature clientele, so the idea that it would negatively impact the surrounding environment was unfounded. We’re delighted to have helped the team there establish the new premises by proving that the appeal was without merit and we can’t wait to visit in the near future.”

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.

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

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