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Overview

Our licensing lawyers understand the value of good working relationships between licence holders, statutory authorities and members of the public. We provide strategic licensing advice across a variety of licensing regimes to help build these relationships and secure commercial opportunities for our clients.

Our licensing lawyers advise clients on licensing law compliance and regulatory issues, applications, reviews and hearings. We provide advice on specialist contractual drafting on licensing matters and complete negotiations with both commercial parties and regulators on behalf of our clients.

We provide licensing advice across a variety of industry sectors, ranging from the leisure and entertainment sector to charities, sport, real estate development, education, transport and retail. Our Licensing lawyers offer specialist expertise to clients in these sectors, as well as training on licensing issues which support our clients’ needs.

We are members of the Institute of Licensing and National Outdoor Events Association.

Joanne Attwood, head of licensing, is ranked as a "Star Associate" in Chambers 2017. 

Areas of focus

Our licensing lawyers advise on a variety of licensing issues including:

  • Alcohol and entertainment premises licences and club premises certificates under the Licensing Act 2003 – including general regulatory compliance, applications, reviews, objections and protection of licences.
  • Personal Licences.
  • Large outdoor events - licensing, regulatory and contractual issues concerning festivals and large outdoor events.
  • Vehicle Operator ('O') Licensing - including inquiries and criminal prosecutions.
  • House in Multiple Occupation licensing.
  • SIA licensing.
  • Gambling and gaming.
  • Licence audits.
  • Representations on behalf of clients with regulators and responsible authorities.
  • Corporate sales and real estate transactions licensing issues.
Experience

Advising a national charity in connection with a world-famous annual large scale event in relation to restrictive conditions on the Premises Licence, including liaising with regulators and review of suitable commercial options to ensure regulatory compliance.

Acting for the University of Bristol in connection with their suite of Club Premises Certificates and Premises Licences across their licensed portfolio, including various applications, strategic advice and negotiating with the regulatory authorities.

Advising The Crown Estate in connection with its London licensed premises portfolio, including licensing regulatory compliance, applications and real estate development issues.

Acting for large festival and outdoor event organisers, advising on contractual and licensing issues, including commercial negotiations with third parties and regulators.

Acting for a large logistics business in connection with vehicle ‘O’ licensing compliance issues, a hearing in front of the Traffic Commissioner and O licence applications and strategic advice.

Acting for a new restaurant premises in connection with a successful application for a new alcohol and entertainment premises licence in a Cumulative Impact Zone, which included representing the client at licensing committee hearing.

Advising a hotel chain on the licensing issues arising across a number of licensing regimes in connection with the purchase of multiple licensed premises.

Advising a football club in connection with alcohol and entertainment licence issues and options in relation to changes to operations and site layout.

Acting for a new racecourse in connection with its applications for both a new alcohol and entertainment premises licence and new track betting premises licence which involved extensive negotiations with the regulatory authorities (including local authority, police and Gambling Commission).

Advising a chain of garden centres on an audit of the licences in place across a number of licensing regimes in relation to multiple licensed premises, including a review of licence compliance issues and transfer issues in relation to a corporate sale.

Acting for a national charity in connection with a review of the licensing regulatory position in connection with transport operations at a number of its sites.

Completing a licensing audit for a national museum located at multiple sites across the UK, specifically reviewing licences held by the museum against regulatory requirements.

Meet the team
Joanne Attwood

Joanne Attwood Senior Associate

  • Head of Gaming
  • Head of Licensing
  • Leisure and Tourism

What others say...

'very good at what she does and very knowledgeable.'
Chambers UK 2017

Key contact

Joanne Attwood

Joanne Attwood Senior Associate

  • Head of Gaming
  • Head of Licensing
  • Leisure and Tourism

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