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Heath Thomas

Partner, Head of Insurance, Risk and Regulatory and Thames Valley Office Insurance, Risk and Regulatory

About me

From world-famous department stores to local festivals, having the correct licence and understanding its conditions can have a huge impact on what you’re trying to achieve. I help you to get the licences you need to operate, keep you compliant with the law, and provide support when a breach occurs.

I have over 20 years’ experience in the licensing sector, and I share a common goal with my clients – I make sure they can keep delivering unique experiences to their customers. I work with clients across every sector, from restaurant and bar operators to sports clubs, social clubs, hotels, theatres and outdoor events.

When I work with you, consider me part of your business – I’ll get to the heart of what you do to understand how you operate best. I know you’re unavailable during standard office hours, so I’m available whenever you need me to help whenever you need me. I’m passionate about providing expert advice, no matter what challenges you face.

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If you have a licence, it’s critical that you and your staff know the conditions of the licence. Keep any documentation, such as incident records and staff training, up to date and in order in case of any challenges.

In the event of a problem, seek immediate advice. Breaches of licence conditions can have far-reaching implications, and could lead to your licence being revoked.

Have a firm idea of what it is you want to achieve, the nature and style of operation and whether it’s suitable or appropriate for your chosen location.

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I want to open a restaurant/bar/club and need a licence to do so. Can you help me?

Yes, we can. We’ve developed relationships across the UK with many councils, licensing authorities and responsible authorities, including police, trading standards, EHO, fire safety and planning authorities. No matter where you’re located, we can help you get it arranged.

An offence has been committed on my premises. Will I lose my licence?

Not necessarily – it depends upon the individual circumstances of the case. Human error often comes into it, and if you can demonstrate that you’ve done all that can be reasonably expected to stay compliant (for example, providing appropriate staff training), then losing your licence is unlikely. We’ve dealt with all range of offences, so we can help no matter what challenge you face.

How much will it cost?

We offer a range of fixed fees for standard matters, and we’ll provide an accurate fee estimate at the outset of any more complicated or contested cases.

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