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Practical, decisive advice on all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing.

Our experienced team of specialist licensing lawyers can provide insightful advice and practical assistance on all licensing matters across England, Wales and Scotland.

The team specialises in obtaining or varying premises licences, dealing with reviews and hearings and undertaking all related work for clients who operate or wish to operate licensed premises relating to the sale of alcohol or the provision of entertainment.

We can advise on a broad range of matters, including:

  • Premises licence applications, variations and transfers
  • Personal licence applications
  • Variations of designated premises supervisor
  • Review hearings (licensing and summary)
  • Defending prosecutions
  • Appeals (Magistrates Court, Sheriff Principal and Sheriff Ordinary)
  • Gaming machine permits and exemptions
  • Noise abatement notices and appeals
  • Staff training
  • Drinks promotions

From pubs, bars, clubs and adult venues, to restaurants, hotels, takeaways and music festivals, our clients range from small independent operators to large national organisations. These include the largest pub company in the UK.

Our cross-sector representation of both brewers and pub chains has earned us an excellent reputation, with both leading independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, ranking the team highly, in particular our liquor licensing practice.

In addition, the department has excellent links with The Institute of Licensing, The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, The Scottish Beer and Pub Association, local authorities and police forces across England, Wales and Scotland, The British Beer and Pub Association, and the FLVA.