Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing
Alcohol and entertainment licences: what do I need to know?
If you own or manage a pub, a nightclub, restaurant or bar, you will need to have a licence to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshment. The decisions about whether to grant or refuse licences for alcohol and entertainment are initially made by your local authority and, if objections are received, a hearing is generally required. You may also need to comply with the separate planning regime [insert hyperlink].
It is worth taking expert advice if you are applying for a licence to serve alcohol or offer entertainment or late night refreshment, or if you are applying for a variation to an existing licence, or if you have had a licence application refused and wish to appeal. Equally, it is also worth getting expert advice if you wish to argue against someone applying for an alcohol or entertainment licence (for example, if you feel that this will create crime, disorder, nuisance or disturbance).
If you are an operator you may also find yourself subjected to a licence “Review” application. Potentially, this can have very serious consequences for your business and livelihood.
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I am an experienced licensing lawyer with a good grasp of the practical problems regularly encountered in this area of law. I have appeared for both licensees and the licensing authorities in magistrates court appeals. I sit as an advisor to Licensing Sub Committees. I will work with you to present your case in its best possible light.
Gary Grant is recognised as one of the country's leading specialist licensing barristers by both the main independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide). Having previously been cited as the "first choice licensing barrister for the Metropolitan Police" (Chambers UK Guide 2011) he is now increasingly sought after by private...
I am a barrister at Nexus, the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC.
I specialise in advising and representing clients in taxi/private hire (either as operators or individuals) and alcohol licensing cases. My many years as a criminal barrister combined with my civil practice mean i am ideally placed to deal with such cases. I am able to assist with...
Forz Khan has over 30 year’s experience in licensing law, undertaking his first licensing case in 1985, which gives him a clear advantage above others. He has the experience of a QC - but without the expense of a QC. If you want to get the right result in your Licensing case then you need look no further.
Licensing issues addressed...
I have dealt with all forms of licensing work from taxi drivers to SIA to alcohol and entertainment licences. I have worked in licensing in one form or another for over twenty years having managed pubs, clubs and hotels myself. This experience is unparalleled among barristers and gives my clients a huge advantage when dealing with Local Authorities and...