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We understand that when it comes to licensing matters, no two situations are alike. Social, political and statutory issues surrounding the sector are constantly changing. It’s a complex regulatory area stretching far beyond a simple administrative process.

You need specialist licensing solicitors on your side with a strategic focus and who understand your world. You want clear and pragmatic advice from a team with a breadth and depth of UK-wide experience, and a handle on the national legislative picture, as well as the specific local landscape. You want expert licensing law solicitors in your corner and we’re here to help.

Our team of licensing lawyers, led by licensing specialist Richard Arnot, is the leading national firm of legal advisors when it comes to licensing matters. Operating across the UK, our clients range from national supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups and PLCs to clubs, restaurants, pubs, sporting venues, e-commerce sites and breweries. We have strong relationships with licensing stakeholders across the country, making us perfectly placed to represent your business.

From advice on all aspects of the Licensing Act 2003, including managing contested applications and successfully securing new licences, our legal licensing specialists have got you covered.

Not taking advice from a licensing lawyer is to risk your business. Our professional, friendly team offers practical, straightforward guidance and can support the legal process, as well as the administrative paperwork. We’re here and ready to help.

Our services
  • Enforcement
  • Licensing Strategy Advice
  • Personal Licences
  • Premises Licences
  • Reviews
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Variations

For pricing information in relation to certain licensing applications, please click here.

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Richard Arnot

Partner | Licensing & Regulatory

+44 (0) 330 137 3266

+44 (0)797 311 7329

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What people say

  • Responsive; open and transparent; no surprises – you get what was agreed at the price agreed.

    Legal 500
  • Their business depends on delivering good client service at every level all the time. We've asked a lot, and they've gone over and beyond our requirements: all the staff go the extra mile.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The highly regarded Richard Arnot has substantial experience representing clients before licensing committees and in contested licencing applications

    Legal 500
  • Richard is "knowledgeable, great to work with and respected throughout the industry.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Market-leading practice advising clients across the country. Noted for its expertise in regard to contested applications and for large-scale work for national food retail chains. Handles notable work on contested applications and estate management for a range of clients, including hotels, pubs and supermarkets.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway's Licensing Team have been vital over the years, ensuring that we have in place all of the licences that we needed in order to carry on our businesses successfully.

    Scott Harper, Group Operations Director, Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Hotels
  • [Richard Arnot] is completely professional, very approachable and most certainly proactive in support of my business and its premises licences. His proactive approach has most certainly prevented costly reviews by his being ahead of the game approach. His fees are realistic and considering his success rate are in fact a financial saving when considering the negative impact that licencing changes could have on my business. He is ahead of the game.

    Joe Smith, Pub Estates & Operations Director, Camerons Brewery Ltd

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