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From bars and restaurants to clubs and off licence/ retail premises, if you need a licence to operate your business, our team of specialists can help you get it. Our support goes far beyond the initial licensing application – we ensure you are legally compliant in your day-to-day operations, and when there is trouble on your doorstep, we will handle any investigations or prosecutions.

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Our Experience

We know the world of licensing inside out. Not only are we ranked tier 1 by the Legal 500, we are proud to say that our team, headed by Heath Thomas – an acknowledged leader in the field – includes former local authority solicitors and licensing officers with decades of experience.

We have represented clients from across the country in high-profile cases that could have resulted in serious business and personal implications for our clients and their staff and have ensured that businesses can still trade despite being at risk of having their licenses revoked.

Heath Thomas

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

Direct Dial: +44 3301 075 810
Mobile: +44 7966 492 929

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 a license.

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

Not necessarily – it depends upon the exact 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 may not be the outcome. There are other options available to the licensing authority when dealing with a breach. We’ve dealt with all ranges 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.

How can we help you?

Our Clients

We get to know our clients well and we understand the challenges they face. With this in mind, we find sensible commercial solutions to help you operate.

We assist clients across all areas with their licensing needs, working with restaurants, and sports organisations to licence their grounds and club houses. We also help hotels, theatres, outdoor events, casinos and taxis with licensing.

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