Poppleston Allen founding partner Jeremy Allen has been elected as chairman of the Institute of Licensing (IoL).
The IoL aims to develop, recognise and promote best practice on licensing for both the public and private arenas. It brings together representatives from the trade and local authorities.
Allen takes over the chairman role from Philip Kolvin QC.
"I believe that we are entering a difficult but potentially exciting time for the Institute," said Allen.
"It is the only organisation that can properly represent the interests of all those involved in licensing whether they are licensing officers, police officers or licensing lawyers."
Jon Collins, vice chairman of the Institute, said: "Jeremy's vast experience in licensing matters, commercial knowledge in building Poppleston Allen and wider range of political and business contacts will be invaluable as we seek to meet our challenging targets for the Institute's further development in the years to come."