Licensing Management Services
We manage a wide range of licensing requirements for a number of major supermarket operators, major national retailers, national health club chains, pub companies and cinema operators, so we know a thing or two about managing large licensed estates. We offer a retainer based management service whereby we can deal with as little or as much as you need us to.
As part of our managed service we ensure you remain 100% compliant at all times by helping you to manage all or some of your day to day requirements in relation to your alcohol licences. We can deal with all issues relating to the Licensing Act 2003 as well as the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 including premises licences, personal licences as well as all associated ancillary licences.
For operators with large estates, you’ll also have access to our bespoke licensing management software as well as a range of in-depth reporting services, so you can still maintain a hands-on approach to managing a fully compliant licensing regime for your business.
Gambling Act 2005
We’ve represented one of the country’s leading bookmakers for many years and we continue to make successful applications under the Gambling Act 2005.
Our expert team have had many years’ experience in advising clients in the leisure industry. Richard Taylor, our head of department, handles gambling licensing for some of the UK’s leading leisure companies.
Key Contact: Richard Taylor
Licensing Act 2003
We deal with all applications under the Licensing Act 2003 – from changing designated premises supervisors to contested applications for new premises licences.
Our experienced licensing department is also experienced in representing interested parties, making appeals to the magistrates’ courts and advising on applications for judicial review.
Key Contact Richard Taylor
Licensing in Scotland
Our distinguished team advise and make applications for licences required by leisure and retail businesses in Scotland.
We can advise and represent you on all applications made under Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and applications for late hours catering licences and public entertainment licences made under Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
Key Contact: Richard Taylor
Personal Licence Holder Training
As an accredited training centre for Highfield Qualifications we offer range of e-learning and e-assessment services providing cost effective and flexible Personal Licence Holder training and examinations (both APLH & SCPLH).
E-learning can take place on-site or from home whilst exams can take place on your premises, saving the time and expense associated with traditional methods.
Regulatory Defence Work
It’s a fact that prosecutions under the Licensing Act 2003 are increasing. We’ve successfully defended a number of individuals and companies facing prosecution.
Our licensing team also advise operators on best practice and how to avoid prosecution. With many years’ experience in this field and a dedicated team of specialist lawyers, we’ll make sure you and your company are given the best possible support and advice.
Key Contact: Richard Taylor
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Independent Reviews - Licensing
Read about what the leading independent guides to the legal profession have to say about our licensing team:
Chambers & Partners (2020 edition)
What the team is known for: Well-established and particularly noted for its handling of licensing for major supermarket chains. Known for its extensive experience and enviable client base, advising on liquor licensing and temporary events notices.
Strengths: Clients report: "Their particular strengths are their quick response and willingness to provide answers and solutions in the most commercial way possible." Another remarks: "Gosschalks always astonish me with their capability to continually develop and improve their services."
Notable practitioners: Clients value Clare Johnson's extensive skill in the licensing field, asserting that her "experience, manner and proficiency cannot be criticised in any way both from a corporate perspective and a personal viewpoint." She is predominantly active on liquor licensing applications in the retail industry. Richard Taylor possesses a breadth of experience in liquor licensing and temporary event notice applications across the supermarket and leisure sectors. Sources say: "He has a very thorough understanding of all legislation and provides quick and precise advice."
Legal 500 (2019 edition)
With a dedicated licensing practice, Gosschalks provides advice to a range of high-profile national clients in the retail, hotel, pub and gambling sectors. Clare Johnson is a key name for liquor licensing matters while department head Richard Taylor handles alcohol, entertainment and gambling licences.
As one of the UK's leading licensing specialists, you can be sure we've got you covered, whatever your requirements.
Through clear, straightforward advice, our hugely experienced team will help you manage your licensing needs, together with the legal applications and regulatory laws surrounding your industry. “I’ve worked with Gosschalks Licensing team for over ten years and they’ve never let me down. I have every confidence I’m working with the best in the business.” — Kelly Nichols, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc