Licensing

Licensing

Joelson has a highly regarded presence throughout England and Wales in the field of alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment licensing.

Each of The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession places us in the top ranks of law firms in this field of law, and has complimented the team for being “well-versed in licensing law, greatly knowledgeable and utterly dependable in fighting its clients’ battles” and for “maintaining its impressive reputation as a national player”. Just as significantly, we have been described as a “value for money practice” which “provides an excellent level of service”.

We are proud of Chambers’ plaudit that we are “according to peers, the ones who come out and fight the most”, which reflects our reputation for handling difficult licensing applications, including those seeking an exception to a Licensing Authority’s policy not to grant new Premises Licences (or extensions to licensing hours) in stress areas and defending review applications in high profile cases.

We have considerable experience in handling all manner of applications under the Licensing Act 2003 and related legislation, including new premises licences, club premises licences, variations to existing premises licences (including minor variations), reviews (including expedited reviews), personal licences, transfers, interim authority notices, designated premises supervisor variations, temporary event notices, licensed premises gaming machines permits, wedding licences and pavement licences.

Our lawyers appear as advocates before local authorities and in Magistrates’ Courts throughout England and Wales and are recognised as among the UK’s leading experts in this field, with an enviable reputation.

Consolidating our reputation as licensing law specialists, since 1998 members of the team have provided a regular page of legal advice in The Publican Newspaper and we ‘blog’ for Imbibe Magazine. Our articles on legal issues affecting licensed premises are regularly published in the Estates Gazette.


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