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Business Legal Services | Licensing Legal Services

Any business that is selling alcohol or providing entertainment needs to have the appropriate licence.  The Thomas Guise Licensing Legal Services  team have an exceptional reputation for providing fast, appropriate and commercial advice for contentious licensing applications in England and Wales.

You can be certain of expert advice because the team is recommended within the Legal 500 publication with Consultant Amanda Pillinger as a recommended individual.Top_tier_firms

We can assist you with your licensing needs in any area of the country.  Our licensing team advise on the particular requirements of the local licensing authority, prepare and lodge applications and liaise with responsible bodies. Given that we work on a national basis we have developed good relationships with many local authorities and police licensing officers. This assists us in ensuring that applications will be dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

We aim to get to really know the business of our clients to allow any issues to be handed over to us with minimal input from your internal team, thus saving you time and money.

Case Studies

An application for a new premises licence for a new operator in Birmingham.

An application for a new premises licence for a new operator in Birmingham. A number of local residents objected to the application raising concerns about noise and disturbance both from the operation of the premises and the customers. We addressed these at the hearing and the licence was granted with conditions that were acceptable to us. Unfortunately one of the residents chose to appeal against the decision to grant the licence.  We corresponded with the local resident and discussed his concerns. Eventually the resident agreed to withdraw his appeal with no required amendment to the licence. This was an excellent result.

Repeated breach of a licensing condition

One of our clients received an application to review their premises licence as a result of repeated breach of a licensing condition. The breaches were all admitted but new procedures were put in place to avoid any further breach. Conditions were volunteered to reflect the new procedures but these were rejected by the sub-committee.  Following a lengthy hearing the licence was suspended for a period of one month. On advice, the client appealed against the decision. The conditions previously volunteered were again offered on condition that the suspension was withdrawn. The local authority agreed to this proposal and the premises were therefore able to continue to operate without disruption. The client was delighted with the outcome.

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