Licensing

Whether you’re applying for a new licence, amending an existing licence, buying or selling a licenced premises, or seeking representation in contentious licensing matters, our specialist licensing team can assist you and your business.

We have a vast array of experience in helping our clients meet their licensing objectives, from holding large-scale outdoor events, such as concerts and festivals, to helping smaller venues secure a licence to serve food and alcohol, or host weddings and other events.

Our licensing service is headed by Andrew Bartlett, himself a former local authority licensing manager and solicitor, and David Edwards, who specialises in contested licensing applications and review hearings.

The team also benefits from the support of a number of specialist legal departments, including our Property, Regulatory and Compliance, Dispute Resolution and Mergers & Acquisitions teams.

We make it possible by advising on:

  • Applying for a premises licence
  • Applying for a personal licence
  • Applying for a Temporary Event Notice
  • The purchase and sale of licensed premises
  • Licensing reviews
  • Licensing appeals and Judicial Reviews
  • Variations to a licence

We take a proactive approach to help you avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure your licence permits you to do everything you want your business to be capable of.

Our clients have included concert promoters, event organisers, brewing companies, hotels, restaurants, outdoor activity centres, pubs, cinemas, bowling alleys, supermarkets and wine merchants among many others.

We’ve handled hundreds of licence applications and have an awareness and understanding of local policy decisions. Variations in the interpretation of the law exist between one local authority and another and we have knowledge of the differing interpretations of all the surrounding authorities (and many more).

We have handled licence applications, including contested applications and reviews, for major music events such as the Greenwich Meantime Festival, Lytham Proms and the Junction 16 festival.

Similarly, we have represented our clients when they have been involved in licensing disputes, including proceedings brought in the Magistrates’ Court by local authorities and other regulatory bodies, such as the Health and Safety Executive.

Importantly, if you are contemplating buying licensed premises, questions need to be asked that result in you knowing exactly what it is that you are acquiring (and whether there is any potential to extend the licensed activities after the purchase is completed). Similarly, if a disposal is contemplated, an assessment of the current licensed activities may indicate that a variation is required in order to maximise the value of the business or widen the range of potential buyers.

We will work alongside you and your other advisers to represent you in all such matters. Call one of our expert team today to discuss your requirements.