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We are regularly instructed to update tenancy documentation to reflect the statutory framework and have drafted many precedent acquisition and disposal contracts for managed houses which deal with licensing issues.

Licensing expertise

Our team deal with a full spectrum of licensing applications for pubs, restaurants, hotels and late night venues and their staff.

Personal licences: being BIIAB accredited, we are able to offer a complete training package. We can provide bespoke training for the APLH at any of our offices nationwide or client locations. We also complete/check all of the appropriate application forms on the training day to submit Personal Licence Applications.

Premises licences: we are able to provide a bespoke extranet service providing access to all relevant licensing information. This can be tailored to your specific needs providing up to date details and information which is assessable 24:7. We also deal with Premises Licence Reviews and other contested applications.

Special events: our team operate nationally throughout England, Wales and Scotland, regularly appearing before Licensing Committees and Magistrates Courts. We have not only the capacity but also specialism to advise you in all types of licensing work.

Regulatory enforcement: we regularly advise in relation to investigations and PACE interviews on a broad range of regulatory offences, including trading standards, health and safety, food safety and fire safety. We provide representation at PACE interviews at Court hearings, draft statements and deal with negotiations with the Enforcing Authorities. 

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Lisa Gilligan

Leicester Office Managing Partner

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