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Welcome to Licensing Defence Barristers

We act for, advise & represent licence holders in all matters relating to premises licences:

> Revocations, suspensions & refusals
> Reviews & interim steps
> Appeals & representation at sub-committees

If you are a licensee who are facing difficulties with your premises licence, Licensing Defence Barristers are sector leading barristers who can help.

We act, advise and represent off-licences, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants facing issues with their licences.

Licensing Defence Barristers

Licensing Defence Barristers

Our barristers are leading licensing barristers with years of experience in licensing law.

Free Case Assessment

We offer all our clients a free initial, no obligation case assesment.

Keeping You Informed

You will be in direct contact with your licensing barrister throughout your case.

Affordable

We offer very competitive rates, fixed fee options and seek costs where we can.

Customer Service

We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer care – rated 5 stars by our clients.

Practical Defence

We take time to get to know our clients and understand the stress of losing your licence.

Who are we?

If you are facing issues with your premises licence, contact us.

Licensing Defence Barristers

Licensing Defence Barristers

Licensing Defence Barristers are a leading set of barristers specialising in all aspects of alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment licensing law.

We act for, advise and represent a wide range of clients who are facing difficulties with their premises licences including off-licences, pubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and members clubs.

We have years of experience in providing professional and expert legal advice to licence holders appealing a decision to revoke their premises licence or who are facing other premises licence issues.

We pride ourselves with excellent customer care and service, always taking the time to get to know our clients and their individual cases and circumstances.  When you instruct a Licensing Defence Barrister, we will keep you informed on the progress of your premises licence appeal or case.

Stephen McCaffrey – Licensing & Regulatory Barrister

Stephen has worked in licensing in one form or another for over twenty years having managed pubs, clubs and hotels himself. This experience is unparalleled among barristers and gives his clients a huge advantage when dealing with Local Authorities and Regulators.

What we do

Premises Licence Revocations

Premises Licence Reviews

Premises Licence Refusals

Appeals in any court

Premises Licence Suspension

Licensing Committees

Unprecedented closure of music venues “presents significant and urgent challenge”

Unprecedented closure of music venues “presents significant and urgent challenge” is the conclusion reached by a group of influential MPs sitting on the DCMS Committee.

Equality law & reasonable adjustments in licensed venues

A recent report has concluded that licensed premises, particularly pubs and bars, some of the poorest venues for accessibility. If you own or run a pub, you have certain statutory equality duties to comply with.

National Pubwatch award first Star Award – Sponsored by us!

During the 2019 National Pubwatch (NPW) national conference, the first ever Licensing Defence Barristers Star Award was awarded.

Children in licensed premises. What are the rules?

The Licensing Act 2003 will specify whether children’s access to a licensed venue is prohibited, restricted or permitted. But what are the rules for your licensed venue?

Do you know your venue’s capacity?

Many venues have this capacity specified on the premises licences but often DPSs and licensees do not realise that maximum capacities are, in most cases, no longer a licensing issue.

Public Access Barristers

Licensing Defence Barristers are public access barristers and you can instruct us directly without the need to incur additional costs by going through a solicitor.