licensing law

Whether you are applying for a licence, seeking to vary one, or having problems with your existing license we can help.

We advise and represent a variety of businesses and organisations including clubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and schools.

If you need a licence to operate your business or are bound by regulatory laws we can also help with any licensing law compliance issues and breaches. We understand the importance of building and maintaining good working relationships with local authorities, statutory agencies and neighbours and provide pragmatic commercial advice to clients.

We can deal with licensing matters including:

  • Premises licence applications
  • Variations
  • Help with compliance
  • New DPS
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Breaches
  • Interviews under caution
  • Review hearings
  • Summary review
  • Revocations
  • Appeals
  • Licensing sub committees
  • Magistrates Court hearings
  • Defending prosecutions
  • Defending staff

Please contact us for further information by telephone for an informal conversation, or email details to us by completing our online enquiry form and we will call you back.

our fees for licensing

For Licensing work for business clients our fees are charged at the solicitors hourly rate which are between £230 to £250 + VAT per hour dependent on seniority. We will provide an estimate of costs based on the complexity of the work and how long we think it will take.

During the work other costs are likely to arise payable to third parties such as for licensing authorities application fees, local newspaper advertisements and where applicable barristers fees. We will provide you a costs estimate once we know the particular circumstances of your matter and keep you regularly updated.

No two applications are the same and legal costs will depend on the necessary time dedicated to a clients application and circumstances.

For example to prepare a new and straightforward application for a premises license or to vary an existing license without the need for any pre application consultation with a local authority, without any representations against the application and without the need for a licensing sub committee hearing would generally be in the region of £1,000 to £1,500 + VAT (not including disbursements to third parties).

Our services include:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising you on the licensing objective and mandatory and other applicable conditions
  • Visiting the premises
  • Drafting the licensing application
  • Submitting the application to the local authority
  • Circulating copies to relevant statutory bodies
  • Arranging necessary newspaper advertising
  • Liaising with the relevant licensing authority as to the progress of the application

Additional fees may be applicable for travel as necessary

For more complex cases we will provide you with a costs estimate once we have discussed the full circumstances of your case with you.


Once we have obtained instructions a typical straightforward application can take 1 to 4 weeks to prepare.