Licensing

Businesses operating in the leisure and entertainment industry need to ensure that they are operating correctly within the increasingly complex legal framework around the Licensing Act 2003. Our long established, highly experienced,  friendly and efficient licensing team can help you with all your licensing requirements, from the routine to more complex matters.

We handle all types of licensing applications, objections and appeals for a wide range of clients, many of whom are household names.

The licensing team is part of the firm’s commercial services group and is able to offer a seamless and holistic service to corporate and commercial clients requiring specialist licensing advice.

We provide a complete service package to our clients and offer workshops and other training to suit individuals’ business requirements including legal updates covering changes in licensing law and practice.

Chambers (2018) state that the licensing team stands out for its noteworthy client base, boasting a roster of leading names in the restaurant industry. Equipped to deal with complex contested licence applications. Also noted for its fine track record in betting premises licence applications. Sources go on to say that we "They are always very fast to respond and have very good working relationships with councils right across England and Wales." 

Legal 500 (2017) have praised the team for undertaking 'a range of licensing matters for clients including variation applications, changes to operating hours, alcohol licensing applications and premises licences. It has a particular specialism in advising national restaurant chains on licensing matters.  Karen Lush is the department head and is adept at handling café pavement licensing issues and entertainment licensing applications. The team also includes health and safety expert Sarah Wheadon.

We can help you with:

  • Premises licensing; sale of alcohol, late night refreshment, regulated entertainment and Temporary Event Notices for special functions
  • Personal licences
  • Pavement/street trading licences permitting use of the public highway for external seating
  • Gaming licensing
  • Betting licensing
  • Due diligence, property transactions involving licensing

Meet the team

Karen Lush
Associate & Head of Licensing
Licensing
Southampton
023 8082 0464
07881 343 959
Licensing
Sandra Graham
Consultant Solicitor and Notary Public
Licensing, Planning
Poole
01202 339002
07881343978
Licensing, Planning
Julia Palmer
Consultant Solicitor
Licensing
01202 813658
07866 265 152
Licensing
Jeni Barden
Licensing Assistant
Licensing
Southampton
023 8082 0484
Licensing
Nicky Byrne
Licensing Assistant
Licensing
Southampton
023 8082 0484
Licensing

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