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Licensing

Our Licensing team advises operators, developers, insolvency practitioners and suppliers on alcohol, gambling and civic government licensing issues in all three UK jurisdictions.

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The Pinsent Masons Licensing team has many years' experience in advising clients in the hotels, retail and gambling sectors on alcohol and gambling licensing issues and in relation to issues arising under civic government legislation.

We provide a full range of services from portfolio management to advocacy before Licensing Authorities and advisory work. We are happy to act in any appeals against the decisions of licensing authorities and statutory prosecutions arising from breaches of licensing legislation. We use technology to streamline the administration of licensing and, in partnership with our clients, we work to ensure that they maximise the opportunities available to them. We understand that the smooth operation of the licensing arrangements is crucial to their businesses.

We also recognise the benefits for our clients of co-operation, where appropriate, with local authority officials, the Gambling Commission and the Police and ensure we maintain our excellent relationships with these agencies. Legal 500 recommends the team for its "efficient and cost-effective service" while Chambers quotes clients who say "Nothing is a problem for them [the team] who make every effort to understand its client's business".

Recent Experience

  • Retained by global high end operator to advise on their licensing requirements for The Shard in London. Work has included advice on the Premises Licence, operating schedule and the licence required to hold civil marriages
  • Advising insolvency practitioners throughout the UK on licensing issues arising from the disposal of property and the impact of insolvency on premises licensed for gambling and/or the sale of alcohol
  • Acted for the successful appellant in one of the most significant Court of Session decisions to date on the interpretation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 – Brightcrew v City of Glasgow Licensing Board
  • Acting for global hotelier Accor in relation to the Premises Licensing for two new hotels in Edinburgh under the Ibis brand
  • Acted for two major supermarkets in the successful defence of prosecutions for the sale of tobacco to underage persons and a UK off sales chain in all prosecutions for alleged under-age sales
  • Working with the Restaurant Group plc and Gondola Group plc on their licensing issues across the whole group, including new sites, in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Advising various clients, both operators and suppliers, on the legality or otherwise of promotional activity and the impact of the "multibuy ban" and minimum unit pricing
  • Advising 2 start-up companies on the requirements under the Gambling Act 2005 for remote operating licences