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Licensing and Gaming Solicitors Sunderland

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Our unique combination of skills is the best blend in the business.

We would like to reassure our clients that during the coronavirus crisis we are available to provide the full range of legal services you need whilst prioritising the health and safety of clients, employees and their families, as we always have.

We confirm we have complied with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.  See the steps we have taken to protect our clients and employees here: Workplace Covid-19 Secure Certificate

Existing clients can contact the firm in the usual way via your key contact, by emailing or by calling 0191 281 6151 between 9am-5pm.  If you are a prospective client with a new enquiry, please call 0191 212 7773 and speak to our marketing team. 

All future appointments will be dealt with remotely unless agreed in advance. Meetings can take place over the phone or via online services such as Skype or Facetime.  We wish all clients well during these challenging times.

Our team of licensing solicitors specialise in, entertainment, alcohol, premises licenses, gaming and gambling licensing and temporary event notices to operating licenses and online gaming applications.

The team of licensing solicitors are led by Partner Matt Foster and have provided their expertise to restaurants, pubs, breweries, clubs, off-licenses,  supermarkets and hotels for over 50 years now. The Licensing and Gaming team at Mincoffs Solicitors are ranked in the top tier of the Legal 500 – an independent guide to the top law firms.

We can resolve problems more efficiently if they are identified earlier. Early negotiations with licensing authorities and other businesses can prevent prosecutions and reviews which will save you time and money, disruption and unwanted publicity. Our team regularly deals with local authorities and can provide supporting evidence to exhibit your interests and enhance your policies and procedures, coherent with the Licensing Act 2003. We aim to avoid contested situations, however, if that does occur our experienced lawyers will appear on your behalf before licensing committees and the magistrates’ court, not only in the North East but nationally.

New or changing legislation, regulations, statutory instruments and government guidance can be significant burdens on businesses.  Non-compliance and the implications that can follow are also burdens, affecting you financially and in terms of personal liability. The team at Mincoffs work with different SMEs and corporate bodies who may encounter investigations or prosecution by the Council, Police or government agencies. We work alongside our clients to renew procedures, enhance policies and prepare for and avoid prosecution.

Our team are extremely experienced in Licensing and Gaming and the associated legislation, meaning we have experienced situations where our clients have experienced or been threatened with prosecution. If a prosecution situation arises, seeking immediate legal help will be the best course of action to protect you, your employees and your business. Any delayed legal help can be expensive and damaging to your business. We also represent the Environment Agency and Security Industry Authority, alongside our regulatory defence work, on different issues across the North East of England.

We can advise on the following:

For expert advice in licensing regulations, contact:

Matt Foster

Partner, Head of Licensing and Gaming

T: 0191 212

Matt is the go-to name for preparing and negotiating licensing applications as well as contentious applications, prosecutions and reviews.
Legal 500 2020

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