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Licensing

Our clients hold premises licences in every local authority area in England, Wales and Scotland. This genuine UK-wide presence gives us a breadth of expertise combined with the local knowledge and relationships that allow us to best advise clients on their licensing issues, no matter where they are based or the size of their estate.

We are regularly ranked as one of the leading licensing advisers in England and Scotland in Chambers and Legal 500, which are annual independent guides to the legal sector driven by client feedback.

We advise a broad range of clients from hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants to major music festivals, pub companies, sports clubs and race course operators. We support one-off events or venues to businesses with property estates that sometimes run into the thousands.  

Our advice is bespoke and designed around business need. Our client portfolio requires us to understand and advise on all aspects of premises licensing, whether it is technical legal advice or business oriented operational guidance. 

With our expertise in large portfolio licensing, we provide advice and IT solutions that will help streamline business processes and maximise revenue from operations. We advise at every level, from board level strategy to operational matters at individual premises.

We take a practical and commercial approach to ensure that legal requirements are met. From initial advice through to advocacy at hearings, our licensing team has significant expertise and has received endorsement for its work in all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing from Legal 500 and Chambers.

We understand that licensed premises operate at all hours of the day and night. As such we are always flexible and responsive to our clients' needs.

Highlights

  • Supplier of licensing services (Olympic venues) to the London 2012 Games.
  • Recently obtained a new premises licences, despite objections, for River Cottage Canteen in Bristol and Winchester. 
  • Obtained a premises licence for Merlin Entertainments' Sea Life Centre based at the Trafford Centre, Manchester. The application was granted without the necessity of a contested hearing. 
  • Provided strategic advice in developing and upgrading a comprehensive due diligence package for the entire Punch Taverns Scottish estate, including reviews of internal systems, third party relationships and documentation.
  • Successfully applied for and obtained new premises licences for the expanding portfolio of Las Iguanas in Derby, Leamington Spa, Swansea and Exeter.

Our clients

  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Greene King
  • Las Iguanas
  • London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 
  • Punch Taverns
  • River Cottage 
  • SA Brain Ltd
  • Spirit Pub Company

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