Through clear, straightforward advice, we’ll guide you through the legal applications and regulatory laws surrounding your industry. We represent a number of high street names in the leisure and retail industries, including pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets, cinemas, health clubs, betting offices and convenience stores.

What we do

Our experienced team of specialist lawyers and licensing administrators will give you the right advice and expert representation on applications for licences. We can offer on-going support on all aspects of licensing and regulatory issues.

We’re regarded as being one of the leading licensing practices in the UK. Our team has been ranked in the top tier of both the Legal 500 and Chambers guides to the UK legal profession for many years.

We have an impressive history of representing national clients in the leisure and retail industries. As well as acting for major nationals and international companies, we also offer value for money advice and support to individuals and sole traders.

We can help you with all aspects of licensing law, including:

  • Applications for new personal and premises licenses
  • Applications to change designated premises supervisor
  • Full and minor variations to premises licences
  • Reviews
  • Representations to premises licence applications
  • Appeals to the magistrates’ court
  • Applications for judicial review
  • Advice on best practice and avoiding prosecution
  • Licensing Act 2003
  • Gambling Act 2005
  • Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Regulatory Defence Work

Our Licensing team is led by Clare Johnson, who’s known throughout the industry as a leader in her field. The current Chambers directory describes her as having ‘a very good, empathetic approach to challenging enforcers.’ Chambers also notes that she ‘delivers results and is very experienced in her field.’

Partner Richard Taylor is acknowledged in the legal press and directories as a ‘quality advocate’ who ‘gives the best outcome with minimal risks for the business.’

Backed by a team of highly experienced licensing administrators, support staff and bespoke IT systems, our Licensing team has adapted well to changing market conditions and continues to go from strength to strength.