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Licensees are being given a stark warning to be 'extra careful' in the run-up to the election, as licensing committees are heeding the 'binge drinking' buzz around parliament and proving keener than ever to implement blanket conditions at licence reviews or applications.

Andrew Lee, a solicitor in the licensing team at Midlands' law firm Challinors explained: "The pre-election period and Political Party manifestos will doubtless use the 'Booze Britain' issue as an easy target for campaigns and to deliver fresh impetus to tackling the drinking culture.

"The fate of pub and club licensees lies in the hands of local councillors, who are acutely aware of the interest in this issue."

The Birmingham office of Midlands law firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed Midlands intellectual property lawyer Simon Barker to head up its IP division at the Colmore Row-based practice. He joins from rival Birmingham firm Martineau with over a decade's legal experience in the region, including several years at the Nottingham office of Browne Jacobson and a spell in industry. Mr Barker will be specialising in all aspects of intellectual property including trade marks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information and privacy issues. …