David Lucas



David Lucas

Consultant, Licensing

David has over 30 years experience in Licensing law. He specialises in alcohol, gambling and entertainment licensing and has a varied client list, including local and national venues of all sizes. He is Nottingham born and bred and has played a part in licensing some of the most iconic landmarks in the city. He is accredited in Pattersons Licensing Law 2012.

David covers the following work areas:

  • Specialising in all aspects of licensing, gambling issues and applications.
  • All aspects of licensing appeals to the Magistrates Court.
  • Experienced in dealing with licensing prosecutions and related regulatory work.
  • Acting for national pub companies to independent clients providing friendly
  • Professional advice
  • Premises Licences
  • Personal Licences
  • Club Premises Certificates
  • Temporary Events Notices

David is Chairman of Institute of Licensing (East Midlands), a member of the BIIAB regional council (East Midlands) and Chairman of Nottinghamshire Leisure Partnership.

David has been recognised in the following publications:

Legal 500 (2013 edition):
David Lucas’ ‘hugely efficient’ team has ‘technical expertise, commercial acumen and great advocacy skills’. 

Chambers and Partners (2015 edition): 
Sources commended the strength of his interpersonal skills and 'gravitas in the licensing world.'

In addition to regional and national clients including Admiral Taverns, Lucas' team assists the Home Office in training local authorities on under-age drinking regulations.

Client Testimonials

'I have been working with David and Jo at Fraser Browns for a number of years. They have always been quick to interpret what our alcohol requirements are and have given knowledgeable advice and then followed the advice through with a positive outcome.' 

'Fraser Brown have provided local and national licensing legal advice to The Cornerhouse for the last 10 years and this advice has been invaluable in terms of formulating the licensing & letting strategy here.  David Lucas and the licensing team at Fraser Brown are very accessible, fast acting and hugely informed of licensing law.  Locally they have their finger on the pulse and nationally they are fantastic at informing us of government policy that may affect The Cornerhouse.'   

 Suzanne Green, Centre Manager, The Cornerhouse Nottingham

'The National Ice Centre and Capital FM have a great working relationship with Fraser Brown and specifically David Lucas. We are very happy with the professionalism and speed of work that Fraser Brown deliver when working with us in regard to licensing.

Cherry Knight, Executive Assistant, National Ice Centre 

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