We are specialist alcohol & entertainment licensing barristers.

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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.


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.

“I have been working with Licensing Defence Barristers to obtain our premises licence. I must say it has been an absolute pleasure, they are very professional and has great knowledge in this department. Recommended.” – Darren Smith. G.M
Ashford International Truckstop

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

Non-party costs in Licensing appeal hearings

The High Court has recently ruled that there is a power under the Licensing Act 2003 to order non-party costs.

Bottomless deals: What you need to know

Bottomless brunches and other meal deals have become popular. However, licensees must be careful not to breach the conditions on their licence when offering these promotions.

Removal of onerous licence conditions without appeal case

Licensing Defence Barrister’s Stephen McCaffrey secures removal of onerous premises licence conditions for new bar in Eastbourne.

STAR Awards for Otley Pubwatch Sponsored by Licensing Defence Barristers

Two National Pubwatch Star Awards sponsored by Licensing Defence Barristers have been awarded to Tony Garwood Chair of Otley Pubwatch and Mick Waters from Leeds City Council.

Get ready for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner. What do you need to do to make sure you have your licensing arrangements in order?

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.