Alcohol and entertainment licensing was radically restructured by the Licensing Act 2003 and local authorities take the main role in granting premises and personal licences.
We can advise you regarding:
- applications for personal or premises licenses
- obtaining club premises certificates
- temporary event licenses
- pavement licences – including obtaining planning permission
- varying a licence
In the event that your business is accused of breaching a license, then we are able to support you in any investigations and enforcement actions.
Where you disagree with a licensing decision, we can appeal on your behalf to the magistrates’ court.
Licensing expert, David Anderton has recently been involved as advocate in:
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- a review of the premises licence where the allegation that the licensing objectives were not being met was successfully resisted
- an appeal to the magistrates court against the variation of a premises licence on behalf of local residents where the appeal was allowed and the extended hours reduced and arrangement to improve amenity were agreed. The case also involved a decision on costs where the licensing authority’s application for costs was dismissed and the authority was ordered to pay the costs of the residents of resisting the same