Publicans Problem, Risks & Solution

The Problem

Independent publicans operating in London and the south east of England are facing an unexpected spate of legal claims being systematically launched against them by a group of persons seeking financial damages based on allegations of discrimination.

Independent publicans have limited support systems to adequately deal with these claims.

The Risks

The Solution

At the request of several independent publicans, Mercantile Barristers has created the Independent Publicans’ Support Unit (“IPSU”) to assist the publicans with working more closely together not just to address the present claims but also, to ensure a greater degree of preparedness for self-evident future risks.

The UPSU is a team of specialist lawyers led by Samuel Okoronkwo, our Head of Chambers, that are focussed on protecting, supporting and advancing the interests of independent publicans operating in greater London and progressively growing to include those operating across England and Wales.

Independent publicans, who are either sole traders with one or two sites or small and medium size enterprises with a handful of sites, are faced with unique legal and commercial challenges that are distinct from those experienced by the large brewers and large pub cos with multiple sites.

IPSU aims to be the first and most valuable point of contact for all independent publicans seeking assistance for challenges that they face on a day to day basis covering

issues affecting their establishment of a pub, their successful operation of a pub and where necessary them having to close a pub that has come to the end of its life cycle.

How Our Process Works

Instructing our direct access barristers is the cost effective alternative to the traditional route of engaging a solicitor first.  The process is just as straightforward. Here’s how the process works:
You can call, email, or fill out an enquiry form to tell us about your case. One of our specialist clerks will speak with  you to make the arrangements to advance your case.

You can call, email, or fill out an enquiry form to tell us about your case. One of our specialist clerks will speak with you to make the arrangements to advance your case.

Our specialist clerk will match you with the barrister with the expertise to deal with all aspects of your case. They will also obtain and organise the papers the barrister will have to consider in your case.

Our clerk will agree the fee for your consultation with the barrister beforehand. The clerk will then arrange a convenient time for you to have the consultation by video call, telephone or in person.

In the consultation the barrister will assess your legal position, devise a legal strategy, and give you appropriate advice on the necessary next steps to achieve your objective. 

Fill in the form below and one of our specialist clerks will get in touch.

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