Amanda Usher joined Woods Whur in January 2019 as a para-legal, before commencing her training contract. She has now qualified as a solicitor and is a key member of the firm providing support in the Regulatory and Litigation team as well as assisting the Licensing team, working with Paddy Whur and Andy Woods on alcohol, entertainment and gambling matters.
In the Regulatory and Litigation Department Amanda works on both civil litigation and criminal regulatory matters. In terms of regulatory matters she assists with handling court correspondence, general administration of files, including managing court bundles, and preparing documents. Amanda has assisted clients in recent cases that include prosecutions by the Local Authority concerning food safety offences, defending criminal proceedings concerning the Health and Safety at Work Act, and other investigations by varying regulatory bodies.
The Regulatory team frequently hold seminars, webinars and a variety of training events which Amanda assists in the preparation and running of.
Amanda currently manages the debt recovery files for a major UK company as well as assisting on all civil litigation matters. Primarily these consist of contract disputes and commercial dispute resolution including:
acting for a national hotel chain concerning contractual disputes;
advising a national construction company on contractual dispute matters;
dealing with large volume small claims proceedings concerning debt recovery on behalf of a commercial client.
Amanda’s previous experience is in commercial dispute resolution at a boutique litigation firm in Leeds, where she worked from April 2016 to January 2019. She has acted for both Claimants and Defendants on a number of complex cases ranging from County Court to High Court, and also including specialist courts such as the Technology and Construction Court and Court of Appeal. She managed a varied caseload with disputes revolving around franchise agreements, property litigation, contracts, insurance and professional negligence. She has experience in handling these types of cases throughout their lifespan and has participated in mediations, injunctions and a variety of enforcement methods. Amanda’s experience allows her to approach litigation from a commercial view point and relate her proactive advice to clients regardless of their legal experience.
Within the Licensing Department Amanda has experience dealing with alcohol and gambling licensing, as well as taxi licensing and SEVs. Amanda regularly assists on matters in relation to the investigations and enforcements of the Gambling Commission, the regulator for the gambling sector, as well as initial applications. These matters can involve anything from small scale, high street operators to international operating licence holders or national casinos. Recent cases include applying for operating licences for Asian and European clients in a variety of jurisdictions and defending a casino operator in front of the Gambling Commission regulatory panel.
Amanda has also dealt with a number of alcohol licensing matters from the perspective of both the applicant and objectors in a range of locations and for a variety of different types of premises. This involves keeping up to date with the latest guidance and working closely with local authorities.
In her spare time Amanda plays Ice Hockey in her home town of Leeds.