Jonathan joined Poppleston Allen at the beginning of 1997 and has been a partner in the firm since April 2002. Jonathan became Managing Partner in 2006, succeeding Jeremy Allen in the role.

The 2012 Chambers & Partners Guide describes Jonathan as “forthright, an able communicator and a skilled negotiator” with a particular key strength in licensing reviews having resulted in excellent outcomes for clients. The Legal 500 Guide notes Jonathan as being ”particularly accomplished when it comes to complex cases".

Prior to becoming a licensing specialist, Jonathan practised exclusively in commercial and corporate law but he is now firmly established as a national licensing advocate, having developed a recognised expertise in the field of late-night licensing and reviews of Premise Licences.

Jonathan has dealt with over 150 licensing reviews all around the country. His experience includes dealing with a three day review where he ultimately retained the licence despite the police application for revocation.

Jonathan regularly speaks at trade and professional conferences such as the Institute Of Licensing and the Paterson’s Licensing Law Conferences. Enjoying excellent working relationships with authorities, he provides training on the Licensing Act 2003 and other related legislation to council officers, elected members and police forces.

Jonathan is one of the key business drivers for the firm having attracted many new clients to the firm such as Bourne Leisure, County Estate Management, Domino’s Pizza, House of Fraser, Jupiter Hotels, Little Chef, London Town Management Services Limited, Red Oak Properties, Greene King and Matalan.

He continues to hold the in-house record for the longest hearing before a Licensing Committee which lasted 5 days (he was successful)!

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Contact details

07768 845695

Areas of Practice

Local Government
  • Year Qualified



    Newcastle-under-Lyme High School
    Sheffield University
    Chester Law College


    British Institute of Innkeeping
    Institute of Licensing


    LLB Hons