ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS A FORMIDABLE LICENSING LAWYER ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS A FORMIDABLE LICENSING LAWYER

Legal 500

ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS DESCRIBED BY CLIENTS AS A FEARLESS, ARTICULATE ADVOCATE WHO CLEARLY HAS A FIRM GRASP OF LIQUOR LICENSING ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS DESCRIBED BY CLIENTS AS A FEARLESS, ARTICULATE ADVOCATE WHO CLEARLY HAS A FIRM GRASP OF LIQUOR LICENSING

Chambers UK

ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS PRAISED FOR HER IMPRESSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF LICENSING LAW, EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION STYLE AND ABILITY TO PRE-EMPT QUERIES ELIZABETH SOUTHORN IS PRAISED FOR HER IMPRESSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF LICENSING LAW, EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION STYLE AND ABILITY TO PRE-EMPT QUERIES

Chambers UK

Liquor and entertainment

Liquor and entertainment

Our lawyers have advised many of the world’s largest leisure operators, including major cultural institutions and entertainment venues, international suppliers of alcohol, hotels, restaurants, casinos, property developers and in-house legal departments, on all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law.

We provide strategic advice and specialist due diligence to clients who are acquiring or disposing of licensed premises, including advising on the drafting of appropriate clauses in acquisition and disposal documents.

We act for clients with licensed premises throughout the UK and have particular expertise in obtaining  late night licences having successfully represented many of our clients at heavily contested public hearings.

We pride ourselves on our practical approach to licensing.  We take great care to familiarise ourselves with our clients’ businesses and utilise this knowledge in a bespoke approach to all our clients’ licensing needs.

A significant aspect of our licensing work involves informed negotiation with responsible authorities in order to avoid expensive, contested public hearings wherever possible.

We can advise you on all aspects of licensing work, including:

  • applications for premises licences to permit the sale of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and/or the provision of late night refreshment;
  • applications for full and minor variations of premises licences;
  • applications for provisional statements for projects under development;
  • temporary event notices for one-off, special events;
  • emergency interim authority notices to prevent a premises licence from lapsing;
  • applications to transfer premises licences;
  • applications for personal licences for individuals;
  • applications to change the designated premises supervisor on a premises licence;
  • licence reviews;
  • advice on compliance with licence conditions;
  • advice on licensing offences;
  • advice on smoking regulations;
  • advice on local authority policy documents; and
  • advice on negotiations with local residents.