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Welcome to Licensing

Rarely a week goes by without the national media presenting a story which portrays the consumption of alcohol negatively. Whereas in the past concerns over alcohol consumption were generally related to crime and disorder, the focus is turning to public health. As a consequence, attitudes towards the sale of alcohol are hardening.

Licensing is not simply an administrative exercise, it is a legal process and no subject for a beginner.

Operators are realising that it is a risk to instruct advisors who are not experienced, both in the law and the practicalities of licensing.

Our licensing team offers the benefits of genuinely experienced specialists who represent clients throughout the country, whether they be bar and club groups, hotel chains, convenience stores and supermarkets or restaurants.

This national coverage gives us an enormous advantage in that we have good relationships with stakeholders throughout the country that our clients benefit from.

We also understand the need not only to advise on specific matters but also to keep clients fully supported with general advice and updates etc on issues affecting their sector.

Our services include:

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

To find out how we can help with all of your licensing issues, please get in touch.

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What our clients say

  • "[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
  • "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

Independent verdict

  • "The highly regarded Richard Arnot has substantial experience representing clients before licensing committees and in contested licencing applications"

    Legal 500
  • "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 delivers ‘excellent value for money’, and its business acumen and responsiveness are praised."

    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

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