Licensing Solicitors

“Personal, efficient and quality service.”

We offer advice and assistance in all aspects of Licensing matters to clients in the leisure and entertainment industries.

This includes assistance with:

  • Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing
  • Objecting to Applications for Alcohol and Entertainment Licences
  • Betting and Gaming Licensing

Alcohol and entertainment licensing

How can we help you?

  • Applying for new Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates
  • Applying to vary Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates
  • Applying for Personal Licences
  • Dealing with contested applications and representing clients before Licensing Committees (and before the Magistrates Court on appeal if necessary)
  • Advising on the sale, purchase and leasing of licensed premises
  • Advising on planning issues

Do you need a licence? Under the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) anybody wishing to supply alcohol, provide “regulated entertainment” (which includes activities such as live and recorded music, films and dancing) or sell food between 11pm and 5am needs to obtain a licence.

There are 4 types of licence:

  • Premises Licence: this is a licence authorising premises to be used for one or more licensable activity
  • Club Premises Certificate: this is a licence permitting premises occupied by and used for the purposes of a club to be used for one or more qualifying club activities
  • Temporary Event Notice: this is a notice seeking permission to use premises for one or more licensable activity for not more than 96 hours
  • Personal Licence: this is a licence granted to an individual authorising that individual to supply or authorise the supply of alcohol

Under the Act restricted hours for the sale of alcohol were abolished making 24 hour opening a possibility.