Our team of licensing specialists caters for all the legal needs of the licensed trade, and will guide you through the complexities of licensing legislation in order to help realise the potential of your business.

Our legal expertise is reinforced by our understanding of the sectors, processes and procedures related to Licensing law.

We can help businesses with all licensing matters relating to alcohol, public entertainment and retail, and can assist with the licensing of public houses, restaurants, off-licences, supermarkets, late night venues and music and sporting events.

Woodfines’ broad experience of the licensing sector ranges from independent businesses and smaller operators, through to multiple site operators and plc’s. From advising on making an initial application through to ensuring that your licence is preserved, we provide much-needed support.

We also have experience in advising Landlords, Owners, Premises License Holders and Designated Premises Supervisors on Licensing queries. and can support door staff with application and retention of their SIA status.

Our work includes advising on, and making applications for new and amended:

  • Premises licenses
  • Personal licenses
  • Club premises certificates
  • Designated premises supervisors
  • Temporary event notices
  • Roadside trading licenses
  • Variations
  • Licence transfers
  • Operating schedules
  • Zoo licenses.

Communication is key to a successful outcome in the licensing process, and we will tailor your needs with the licensing objectives at all times. These objectives are typically:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety,
  • Prevention of public nuisance, and
  • The protection of children from harm.

We facilitate communication with licensing departments in order to reduce delays and to ensure that you obtain only necessary and proportionate conditions that suit your business.

We can also advise on the licensing of gambling and sexual encounter establishments.

Mike Hayward has been successful in obtaining alcohol licences for new public houses, clubs and SEVs. Mike advises the trade on maximising turnover by making applications for variations to licensable activities, and recently secured an SEV for a club by securing both its licence and planning consent, despite opposition.

Case Study

Our team recently advised a zoo in relation to their application for a zoological licence, which had very specific conditions attached.

Mike Hayward’s connection to the zoo trade and work of CITES (control in trade of endangered species) meant his approach to the licence issues, coupled with his awareness of animal and bird welfare, resulted in a successful application.

“Thank you so much for all your help over the last few months, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.”

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