Our licensing solicitors specialise in alcohol, entertainment, gaming and gambling licensing, from premises licenses and temporary events notices to online gambling applications and operating licenses.
Led by Partner, Matt Foster, our licensing solicitors have provided expert advice on licensing laws to hotels, breweries, restaurants, pubs, clubs, off license and supermarkets for over 50 years. Mincoffs Solicitors’ Licensing and Gaming team is ranked in the top tier of the Legal 500 – the independent guide to the top law firms.
The earlier we can identify problems, the better we are able to resolve them. Often early negotiations with licensing authorities and other businesses can prevent prosecutions and reviews, saving you time and money, disruption and unwanted publicity. Our experienced solicitors deal regularly with local authorities and can prepare supporting evidence to present your interests and improve your policies and procedures in line with the Licensing Act 2003. We’ll do our best to avoid contested situations, but if necessary our lawyers will appear on your behalf before licensing committees and the magistrates’ court, both in the North East and nationally.
There is an increasing burden upon businesses to comply with various regulations, statutory instruments, government guidance and new legislation. The implications of non-compliance can be felt both in terms of financial and personal liability. We work with many SMEs and corporate bodies who find themselves the subject of investigations/prosecutions by Councils, the Police and various government agencies. We work closely with clients to develop policies, update procedures and prepare for and avoid prosecutions.
Our experience in Licensing and Gaming and its associated legislation, means that we have experience of dealing with various situations in which prosecutions are taken or threatened against our clients. The most important thing that you can do when faced with a prosecution, or a potential prosecution, is to seek immediate legal advice to protect yourself, your staff and your business. Any delay at the initial stages can result in additional costs and damage to your business. In addition to the regulatory defence work we undertake, we also represent the Security Industry Authority and the Environment Agency in relation to various matters across the North East of England.
We also offer a suite of training courses for professionals in the licensed trade. Mincoffs Training is fully accredited by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance and can offer courses from our training centre in Newcastle upon Tyne or at one of our satellite centres in Sunderland, Durham, Washington or Middlesbrough. Subject to numbers, we can also deliver training at your premises.
All of our training courses are delivered by training consultant Tim Robson, a former Sergeant in Durham Constabulary.
Our training courses include:
- Personal License Holders Training (ALPH)
- Underage Sales and Prevention Course (QCF)
- Premises Audit
- Flexi Training
We can provide advice on a vast range of licensing and gaming matters such as:
Alcohol Licences Solicitors
Mincoffs Solicitors have developed expertise in the area of alcohol licensing since the firm’s inception in 1948 and now enjoys a national reputation as a licensing specialist.Read more
Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates
Under the Licensing Act 2003, premises licences can be applied for by a number of different types of applicant, provided they are over the age of 18.Read more
Operating Schedules, Licences and Policies
It is vitally important when submitting an application for a new premises licence or a club premises certificate, that it is accompanied by the appropriate operating schedule.Read more
Temporary and Large Scale Events
An event organised at any premises can be applied for with a Temporary Events Notice so long as the number of people in attendance is under 500. Large scale events, when the number of people exceed 499, will need to be accounted for by a Premises Licence Application.Read more
Under the Licensing Act 2003, responsible bodies and ‘other persons’ can apply to review a premises licence or a club premises certificate.Read more
Magistrate Court Prosecutions Solicitors
We deal with various prosecutions before the Magistrates Court in regards to offences prosecuted against our licensing clientele, as well as also conducting private prosecutions.Read more
Appeals and Judicial Reviews Solicitors
When matters cannot be resolved before a Sub-Licensing Committee, for example in regards to an application or a review, it may be necessary to appeal that decision to the Magistrates Court, or apply for a judicial review.Read more
Negotiations with Responsible Bodies in the Licensing Authority
During Applications and reviews, it is very important to have expert legal advice and good experience on your side.Read more
Opposing Applications Solicitors
The Licensing Act provides that responsible authorities or other persons can object to applications if they are able to submit relevant representations in regards to the likely effect of that application on the licensing objectives.Read more
Noise and Waste Regulations Solicitors
As a Law Firm that represents the licensed trade, we are often asked to advise in relation to noise and waste regulations.Read more
Personal Licences, Transfers and Interim Authority Notices
We have vast experience of applying for and providing training for personal licences. We can arrange training at your place of business or at our offices and apply for personal licences on your behalf.Read more
Gambling Act 2005
We have advised on gambling prior to and since the Gambling Act 2005 came into force. We advise both land based and online businesses.Read more
For expert advice in licensing regulations, contact:
Partner, Head of Licensing and Gaming
T: 0191 212 firstname.lastname@example.org