Walaiti Rathore, a former partner at an East Midland’s Law firm specialising in all aspects of licensing, gambling as well as licensing prosecutions and related regulatory law, launched Licensing Law Consultancy (LLC) in February 2017, as a new innovative licensing service for the leisure and hospitality industry.
Since setting up LLC, Walaiti has built a reputation for dealing with challenging cases for independent, multiple and national operators, recently helping obtain a late night licence for a new KFC in Nottingham City Council’s Saturation Zone.
In February 2018, industry leaders from the world of licensing and hospitality arrived in Nottingham to celebrate the first birthday of LLC. A party was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel which was attended by local operators, landlords, investors and breweries as well as representatives from brands with a national and international presence.
Paul Chase, a former director of CPL Training Group, the UK’s top training provider for retail and hospitality, gave a speech at the event. He said: “It’s always less risky to remain in someone else’s organisation than to start your own. Starting Licensing Law Consultancy was therefore a brave step and one which testifies to Walaiti’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
In June 2019, Licensing Law Consultancy organised and hosted the first National Licensing Week (NLW) event in Nottingham to celebrate and raise awareness of licensing and the role it plays in everyday lives.
NLW was in its fourth year but this was the first event of its kind, a party held at St James to celebrate NLW and to raise awareness.
The event was attended by members of the Institute of Licensing, National Licensing Week, Nottingham Business Improvement District, Pub Watch, Hospitality Association, other industry representatives such as the Gambling Commission and leading operators with a local and national presence as well as leading businesses and professionals from all sectors. Guests were treated to canapes, dinner, complimentary drinks all evening and received designer gifts from global fashion retailer, Paul Smith.
The Chair of the Institute of Licensing, Dan Davies said: “I am delighted to support this event and I thank Walaiti Rathore for having the vision and energy to make this happen.”