Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Lawyers

Our dedicated team of licensing lawyers in London offers expert advice tailored to our clients’ businesses in a variety of licensable activities, including:

  • Sale of alcohol
  • Late night refreshment
  • Betting, gaming and lotteries
  • Indoor sporting events
  • Exhibitions of films or plays
  • Playing live or recorded music

We have particular expertise in advising hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants on their licensable activities in London’s most prestigious locations. A deep understanding of our clients’ industries allows us to provide business oriented guidance on their licensing requirements, whether at portfolio level or operationally at individual premises.

Crucially, our licensing solicitors are commercial real estate practitioners. This ensures they have a complete understanding of the wider transactional and planning issues associated with licensing matters so we can provide our clients with the prompt, comprehensive support needed to protect and promote their businesses.

Services include:

  • Applications for premises licences
  • Advising on local authority policies and suitable licence conditions
  • Applications for personal licences
  • Applications for betting, gaming and lottery licences
  • Variation applications to amend existing licence conditions
  • Negotiations with responsible authorities
  • Transferring premises licences
  • Applications for Temporary Event Notices
  • Licence review applications
  • Defending against licensing enforcement action
  • Varying designated premises supervisors
  • Contesting third party applications
  • Representation at licensing authority hearings

For further information on the typical costs associated with our licensing application services, please visit our Fees page.

To find out how our alcohol & entertainment licensing lawyers may be able to help you, please send an enquiry.

Applications for Personal Licences

We’re able to advise as to when a personal licence is necessary and what conditions you’ll need to meet to make a successful application. We can also file an application on your behalf and work to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.

Applications for Premises Licences

Our experienced licensing solicitors can advise you as to whether a premises licence is required or whether another type of licence may be better suited to your needs. We can also apply on your behalf and advise as to what steps you can take to improve your chances of success.

Applications for Temporary Event Notices

Intended as an alternative to premises licences, Temporary Event Notices (TENs) can often act as a creative means of sidestepping the traditional licensing process. Our solicitors can advise as to whether you’re eligible for a TEN, what you need to do to ensure you’re eligible, and how they can be used. We can also act on your behalf and file the application.

Contesting Licencing Enforcement Action

If you believe enforcement action to be unreasonable, unwarranted, or excessive, we can defend your business’ interests. With experience of engaging with the Trading Standards officers, the Police, local councils, and the Gambling Commission, we’re ideally placed to act on your behalf or to advise as to the best course of action.

Defending Applications Against Objections

If you’ve received objections to a licensing application, our licensing lawyers can leverage our extensive experience working with local authorities and regulatory bodies to give you the best possible chance of overcoming the claims. With a thorough knowledge of the objections process, we’re in a position to advise on realistic outcomes, negotiate with relevant authorities, and to act on your behalf to secure a licence.

Objecting to Third Party Licence Applications

If you wish to object to a third party licence application, we can advise and assist with collecting the necessary evidence and making your case. We’re also able to guide you through the process of having a licence brought before the council for review.

Representation at Licensing Hearings

Where a hearing is required, a solicitor from our licensing team will be available to attend in addition to the barrister presenting your case. We work closely alongside you to prepare you for your hearing and are there to offer support and guidance, in person, on the day.

Applications for Personal Licences

We’re able to advise as to when a personal licence is necessary and what conditions you’ll need to meet to make a successful application. We can also file an application on your behalf and work to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.

Applications for Premises Licences

Our experienced licensing solicitors can advise you as to whether a premises licence is required or whether another type of licence may be better suited to your needs. We can also apply on your behalf and advise as to what steps you can take to improve your chances of success.

Applications for Temporary Event Notices

Intended as an alternative to premises licences, Temporary Event Notices (TENs) can often act as a creative means of sidestepping the traditional licensing process. Our solicitors can advise as to whether you’re eligible for a TEN, what you need to do to ensure you’re eligible, and how they can be used. We can also act on your behalf and file the application.

Contesting Licencing Enforcement Action

If you believe enforcement action to be unreasonable, unwarranted, or excessive, we can defend your business’ interests. With experience of engaging with the Trading Standards officers, the Police, local councils, and the Gambling Commission, we’re ideally placed to act on your behalf or to advise as to the best course of action.

Defending Applications Against Objections

If you’ve received objections to a licensing application, our licensing lawyers can leverage our extensive experience working with local authorities and regulatory bodies to give you the best possible chance of overcoming the claims. With a thorough knowledge of the objections process, we’re in a position to advise on realistic outcomes, negotiate with relevant authorities, and to act on your behalf to secure a licence.

Objecting to Third Party Licence Applications

If you wish to object to a third party licence application, we can advise and assist with collecting the necessary evidence and making your case. We’re also able to guide you through the process of having a licence brought before the council for review.

Representation at Licensing Hearings

Where a hearing is required, a solicitor from our licensing team will be available to attend in addition to the barrister presenting your case. We work closely alongside you to prepare you for your hearing and are there to offer support and guidance, in person, on the day.

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