Licensing

 
 

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.

Responsibilities:

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 info@oakfieldsolicitors.com