Since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force in August 2005, our Licensing Team has grown significantly to become one of the largest and most experienced within East Anglia, displaying not just strength in advocacy skills but a thorough understanding of the licensed trade.

For our clients, this means that our lawyers deliver not only a high level of technical expertise but also empathise with the increasingly complex demands of retailing within this sector.

We act for a range of clients including public houses, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores,supermarkets, nightclubs and a host of peripheral retailers such as health clubs and garden centres and are on hand to provide practical advice.

The team's expertise covers the following areas:

  • premises licences and club premises certificates - applications for new grant, variations, transfers, interim authorities, closure orders, representation at review hearings and appeals
  • personal licences
  • betting and gambling
  • regulatory crime, including health and safety, food safety, underage sales and disability discrimination
  • planning applications, appeals and enforcement notices.