Licensing and Regulatory

Whether you need a licence to operate or are bound by regulatory laws sometimes you’ll need help complying, dealing with breaches or defending your businesses or staff. When you’re in trouble we will handle investigations and prosecutions and work with you to minimise the financial and reputational fallout. We’re on call day and night.

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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 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.

Our Experience

Our team of licensing and regulatory solicitors,  have  successfully defended businesses and individuals facing charges or at risk of having their licences revoked and understand the associated challenges and demands of being in this situation. We provide practical and focused advice and our knowledge of regulatory and licensing law is second to none, we are ranked tier 1 by the Legal 500 and our team includes former local authority solicitors and licensing officers with decades of experience.

We work through the country and across sectors such as construction, manufacturing, leisure and retail, and agriculture. We’ll help you with media management to limit reputational damage and help you keep trading even when your licence is at risk of being revoked.

Our Clients

We really get to know you and understand the challenges you face. We find sensible commercial solutions to help you operate, whatever your circumstances. Our licensing and regulatory lawyers will be on hand to respond quickly, producing focused and informative representations that can help avoid prosecution.

We assist clients across all areas with their licensing needs, from corner shops to world-famous department stores, hotels, theatres, outdoor events, casinos and taxis.

In regulatory work, we have acted for clients in the following areas:

  • Health and safety investigations and prosecutions, including fatal and catastrophic accidents
  • Road traffic investigation and prosecutions
  • Environmental offences
  • Food safety and product recall
  • Trading standards enforcements and prosecutions
  • Inquests

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