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Licensing Defence Barristers Blog

Our Licensing Defence Barristers routinely work in all areas of licensing law including personal licenses, premises licences, application for designates premises supervisors (DPS), construction of operating schedules, advising on conditions, dealing with representations from all relevant parties, variation of premises licence, reviews of premises licence and transfer of premises licence, club premises certificates, closure orders, temporary event notices and all aspect of investigation and interview relating to potential prosecutions. Our blog aims to add further detail to the services we offer in these areas of service.

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.

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When do you need an entertainment licence?

If you want to offer regulated entertainment at your venue, you would normally need a licence. A change in law has relaxed the rules on entertainment and it is possible for you to offer entertainment without the need for a licence.

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Expedited reviews

Expedited reviews allow the police to quickly address issues of crime & disorder at any licensed business. Interim steps imposed can result in immediate premises closures.

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Is it lawful to limited the duration of a premises licence?

Premises licences are issued in perpetuity and provided the annual fee is paid on time every year, there is no need to reapply for the same premises licence. However, is it open to licensing sub-committees to grant licences for a period shorter than what was initially applied for? In a recent case, a court ruled it is not.

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Premises licence conditions – what you need to know

Conditions on a premises licence are important in setting the parameters within which premises can lawfully operate. A premises licence holder found guilty of not complying with their licence conditions can be imprisoned for up to 6 months and/or be issued with an unlimited fine. It is therefore very important that premises licence holders know what condition are on their licence and also what these conditions demands of them.

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How to deal with a review of your premises licence

We have been acting for premises licence holder since the inception of the Licensing Act 2003 over a decade ago. We understand that the prospect of facing a review hearing of your premises licence can be very stressful and daunting. However, with the right advice and representation, it does not need to be.

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What is the Licensing Act 2003 and how does it work?

Introduction The Licensing Act 2003 was the end product of a complete review and overhaul of the pre-existing licensing laws and procedures. It started back in the 1996 and the result was drastic. Having come into force on 24th November 2005 the licensing procedures,...

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Review of a premises licence

The Licensing Act 2003, provides a procedure that enables a responsible authority to review a premises licence at any time on the application. This procedure within the act is extremely useful for authorities and others who wish to deal with matters that arise in...

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