Jon Wallsgrove Partner

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“He always provides clear and concise advice.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
Jon acts for licensed premises across the UK. His unique experience includes working for HM Court service, in local government, as in-house Counsel with two pub companies and in private practice.

Main areas of practice

Jon has a particular expertise in dealing with licensing applications and appeals, as well as gambling and regulatory enforcement issues in licensed premises. He has carried out training sessions for local authority licensing committees. Jon also has knowledge of Scottish licensing laws and co-ordinates applications for the team's clients north of the border.


Jon advises national pub companies, supermarkets and convenience store chains as well as a diverse range of regional licensed retailers and individual clients, from ice cream sellers to ice rinks and from sports clubs to night clubs.

Significant experience

  • His unique experience also includes advising the Licensing Committee of Portsmouth City Council, while working for that local authority, and working for 10 years in Magistrates Courts, which enabled him to advise and train Licensing Justices.
  • On more than occasion he has spoken at the Patersons Licensing conference.
  • Jon's strength is his determination to ensure his clients receive not just the best legal advice and representation, but that his advice is given with a complete understanding of the clients business, thus giving them a clear vision of the consequences of that advice on the commerciality of their premises.

Other expertise

Regulatory: Jon has considerable experience of defending regulatory offences brought by the Police, Trading Standards and Environmental Health and advising businesses on regulatory compliance and due diligence.

“The highly regarded Jon Wallsgrove heads the department.”

Legal 500 2017

“I have dealt with Sarah and Jon for over four years mainly around entertainment and venue licensing matters and they have always been knowledgeable, provided sound advice and nearly always won the day based on their recommendations.”

Pete Stedman Park Resorts


Jon’s Blog

Play up Pompey, play up madness

Portsmouth Football Club got the go ahead from the Portsmouth City Council to host a Madness concert, following a hearing before their licensing committee, at which Jon Wallsgrove of Blake Morgan represented the club.

Licensing fees - The Scottish position

A look at the recommendations made in the Scottish Governments report on alcohol licensing fees.

What's new for hospitality premises in 2014?

We consider the new craze for 'vaping' and the difficult questions it poses for hospitality premises; as well as future changes to the Licensing Act regarding Temporary Event notices, Live music and Ancillary Seller notices.

Articles by Jon

Landmark ruling - minimum unit pricing of alcohol to be introduced in Scotland


The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous judgement confirming that the legislation [Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012] proposed by the Scottish Government to introduce a minimum price of selling alcohol at 50p per unit.

National Eisteddfod of Wales


Blake Morgan were very proud to act for the National Eisteddfod in assisting them with the grant of a premises licence for the event which took place over the last 2 weeks.

Do you fancy owning shares in a pub?


The Bevy pub located in the East of Brighton are proposing to be the first urban community co-operative pub in the UK and you can own shares in it.

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