Punch Taverns is set to appeal to magistrates over conditions imposed on licensing applications at around 150 pubs, according to the Morning Advertiser. The company had handled applications at 6,500 of its 7,200 pubs, with 1,200 of them going to full local authority hearings. Punch will pay for legal representation at each hearing. Deborah Kemp, the group’s operations director (south) said that appeals were mostly on legal interpretations or conditions attached to applications. Kemp told the newspaper: "I think everybody underestimated the bureaucracy involved in all this."