LICENSING LAW

LICENSING ACT 2003 AND GAMBLING ACT 2005

The office has a designated Licensing Department dealing with all aspects of liquor licensing, betting and gambling.

In relation to alcohol licences, the firm acts for Pubs, Clubs, Hotels, Restaurants, Supermarkets and Off Licences and also for individuals.

We can advise you in relation to the type of licence that you need and can negotiate with the licensing authorities to prevent unnecessary hearings before the Licensing Committee.

We deal with all aspects of licensing, including applications for:

  • New Personal Licence
  • New Premises Licence
  • Variation and transfer of Premises Licence
  • Variation of Designated Premises Supervisor
  • Interim Authorities
  • Temporary Event Notice
  • Club Premises Certificate

We represent clients at both Licensing Committee hearings and Magistrates’ Court hearings and also act for companies or individuals or wish to object to any type of licensing.

We represent clients before the Magistrates’ Court when they have been prosecuted for committing an offence under the Licensing Act 2003.

In relation to Betting and Gambling Licences the firm acts for Pubs, Clubs, Hotels and sporting venues in relation to all aspects of gambling, in particular Licences for Gaming Machines in Pubs, Clubs and Hotels.

EXAMPLE COSTS

Fixed fee for an application for a new premises licence (simple application)

Fixed fee of £1,836.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements)

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £1,530.00
  • VAT on legal fees £306.00
*DISBURSEMENTS (ADDITIONAL FEES)

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) between £100.00 and £1,905.00 depending on the rateable value of the premises
  • Advertising fee – between £300.00 and £850.00 (depending on which newspaper it is necessary to advertise in

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.
How long will my application take?

Matters usually take about 2 months from beginning to end of the process, unless there are objections and the need for a licensing sub-committee hearing. This is from receipt of full instructions from you and on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

All work is supervised by a qualified Solicitor.

Specific experience can be seen looking at the individual profiles of “Our People”.

If you need any advice in relation to any aspects of the Licensing and Gambling Acts then please contact:

Katrina Kimberley: k.kimberley@cockslloyd.co.uk
Direct Number: 024 7664 2744

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