The Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”) established a single regime for licensing premises which are used for the sale or supply of alcohol on and/or off the premises, to provide regulated entertainment, or to provide late night refreshment.

Under the Act, Local Authorities regulate four 'licensable activities':

  • the sale of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol 
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of late night refreshment (i.e. after 23:00)

It must be noted that licensing authorities must carry out their functions with a view to promoting four statutory licensing objectives, namely:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • protection of children from harm

There are three different kinds of authorisation under which licensable activities can be provided:

  • “Premises Licence”:  to use a premises for licensable activities, subject to conditions on the licence
  • “Club Premises Certificate”: to allow a members club (working men's club/political club) to engage in qualifying club activities, subject to conditions on the certificate.
  • “Temporary Event Notices (TENs): enable the user to carry out licensable activities without other authorisation.

Our Licensing service includes but is not limited to;

  • Dealing with licensing applications to local authorities and other responsible authorities
  • Dealing with licensing variation applications
  • Dealing with Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) applications
  • Dealing with the Premises Licence Transfers
  • Dealing with Licensing Appeals
  • Dealing with TENs applications
  • Dealing with further licensing information and advice

Our service standards:

We aim to provide you with the highest standards of service at all times. We will:

  • keep you regularly informed in writing of progress with your matter;
  • communicate with you in plain language;
  • explain to you in writing the legal work which is required as your matter progresses;
  • keep you informed of the cost of your matter regularly;
  • keep you advised of the likely timescales for each stage of this matter and any material changes in those estimates.


To achieve the best possible outcome in your case, we need to work together with you. We will:

  • review your matter regularly;
  • advise you on the law;
  • follow your instructions;
  • update you on whether the likely outcomes still justify the likely costs and risks associated with your matter whenever there is a material change in circumstances.

You need to:

  • provide us with clear and timely instructions;
  • provide us promptly with the information and documents required to complete the transaction.


We are committed to high quality legal advice and client care.

To arrange a discussion concerning your Licensing matter please get in touch with us on 0208 808 1478 or