LICENSING lawyer Anthony Lyons was toasting his success this week.
For the Hale Barns, Cheshire, solicitor received the lifetime achievement accolade from the Law Society at the Manchester Legal Awards.
Only the ninth recipient, he is the first Jewish winner of the award.
Anthony, who heads Kuits Solicitors’ licensing department and specialises in alcohol and entertainment licences, said:
“I was forewarned about the award a few days’ prior, so I could write a few words of thanks, but I was sworn to secrecy. It is an absolute honour.
“I was amazed to be given it as I never considered that a room of more than 600 eminent lawyers were aware of me, so I was completely overwhelmed.
“By the same token, it was very nice and a privilege to be given the award, considering three of the previous recipients were legal giants of Manchester.”
Didsbury-born Anthony, who is married to Jacky, studied at the Guildford College of Law and the Liverpool College of Law and qualified in 1972.
He has worked for Kuits since 2002 and acts for numerous high-profile national chains in all sectors of the licensing trade, as well as regularly advising other law firms on difficult licensing issues.
Anthony, a member of and adviser to the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Association and a member of British Institute of Inn Keeping and Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, continued: “I am really fortunate in that I love what I do.
“I am always out and about meeting entrepreneurial and — mainly young — clients.
“They have great operations which I get to be a part of. Many of my clients are nationally known .”
The South Manchester Synagogue, Bowdon, member recently appeared in front of a House of Lords Select Committee on licensing.
In his spare time, the father-of-two and grandfather-of-two enjoys skiing, fell walking, cycling, photography and classic cars.