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Licensing

Regulatory Law

Getting the right legal advice for licensing in the UK is crucial to the success of your application. Cartwright King’s highly-skilled Licensing Solicitors stay up to date with licensing laws to ensure that you receive reliable legal advice to secure the licence you need. Benefit from our experience and personal service throughout the process.

Get in touch with a Cartwright King Licensing Lawyer, today.

How Cartwright King’s licensing lawyers can help

You want your licence application to have the best chance of success. Cartwright King will help you compile the information you will need to ensure that the licensing authority has everything they need to grant your licence. If you’re facing enforcement action, our specialist solicitors can advise and represent you at meetings and appeals.

We can help with:

  • Premises Licences – For any business or other organisation that either sells or supplies alcohol on a permanent basis (previously known as Liquor Licences)
  • Personal Licences – For anyone who plans to sell, supply, authorise the sale or supply of alcohol
  • Club Premises Certificate – For qualifying members’ clubs such as working men’s clubs and football clubs that plan on selling or supplying alcohol
  • Tables & Chairs Licences (on a public highway)
  • Gaming and Gambling Licences
  • Entertainment Licences
  • Festival Licences
  • SIA Licences
  • Firearm Licences
  • Appealing Closure Orders

If you’re unsure of which licence you need, get in touch with our Licensing and Regulatory Lawyers now for advice.

The Process

It’s always best to get legal advice if you are not sure whether you need a licence for something specific as there are consequences for not having the right permit. If you want to appeal a licensing decision or enforcement action, having experienced legal representation on your side makes all the difference on the outcome.

Get in touch with Cartwright King  for help determining whether you have a case. We will ask you to send an email showing the licensing decision, listen to what you have to say about the issue and then advise you on how best to proceed.

For immediate action, call us or email us for an initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Advise you on legal fees
  • Agree how you want to proceed

Why choose Cartwright King for licensing issues?

We know that failure to secure the licence you need can scupper business and personal plans. Licensing issues can also lead to wider legal problems if you’re a business. That’s why we’re committed to helping you get your application right first time or successfully appealing against a decision or enforcement action. 

Cartwright King’s specialist licensing lawyers offer a start to finish service, doing everything we can to secure the licence you need to move ahead with business plans or ensure that you have the right professional licence to do your job.

Our experience of working with various regulators and licensing authorities means that we can help you thoroughly prepare your licence application, or appeal decisions, to achieve the best outcome.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

You need a personal licence if you are involved in supplying alcohol or authorising the supply of alcohol from an establishment that holds a premises licence (except Private Members Clubs).

It depends on your business, but it’s unlikely that one licence will cover what you need. For example, if you open a casino, you’re likely to need an operating licence from the Gambling Commission, a personal management licence,  a personal functional licence and a premises licence from your local authority.

If your licence is going to be revoked or suspended, you should receive a letter informing you. That letter will also tell you how you can appeal the decision. It’s at this point you should seek advice from Cartwright King.

There are many reasons why your licence could be revoked including, but not limited to:

  • Applying for a licence using fraudulent documents and/or using a fraudulent identity
  • Allowing someone else to use your licence to engage in licensable conduct
  • Not having the qualifications that you claimed to have on your application
  • Getting a conviction, caution, warning, absolute/conditional discharge or admonishment for a relevant offence
  • Not having the right to work in the UK (unless you are a director of a UK-registered company)