2019 Star Award sponsored by Licensing Defence Barristers awarded to Rob Kennedy and Bill Donne from Reading.

Stephen McCaffrey, barrister and Head of Licensing Defence Barristers, said:

“Licensing Defence Barristers is pleased to be sponsors of the National Pubwatch Regional Star Award. Pubwatch makes a valuable contribution to maintaining high standards in the sector by promoting best practice around the country.


“I would like to personally congratulate Bill and Rob on receiving the award which is well deserved.”

Rob Kennedy is the Operations Manager and DPS of Q-Club. He took on the role of Pubwatch Chair in January 2015. In his role he has garnered support from the general managers of the towns late-night venues. He represents the NTE on the Business Improvement District Committee and with their assistance was instrumental in launching the schemes secure internet platform for recording photographs of banned individuals.

Bill Donne is the proprietor of Smoking Billy’s Rib House. He was a founding member of the towns Pubwatch in 2004 and has served as its Honorary Secretary since 2005. During that time, he also personally set up several other local Pubwatch schemes in outlying areas. He also set up the Reading University Liaison Group to address issues related to Freshers Week.

The 2019 Star Awards were presented to Rob and Bill by National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker.

Licensing Defence Barristers is a licensing chambers specialising in all matters relating to alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment licensing law.  We offer all National Pubwatch members a 10% discount on our legal services.

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