Licensing Fees

The Licensing Team is made up of David Dadds, Barrister and Solicitor/Advocate who is the founding member and partner of Dadds LLP and has many years’ experience as a licensing solicitor and Natasha Nunn, Solicitor and partner of Dadds LLP.  They are supported by Jean Adams, Catherine West and the Office Manager Louise Bailey.

Fee Information

In all cases we will agree fees prior to undertaking any work and these fees will be set out in a letter of engagement. All licensing applications are different and the ultimate costs will depend upon the individual circumstances of each matter and upon the level of support that is required.

In the majority of matters we charge clients by way of fixed fees however we are also willing to charge for work carried out by way of hourly fees if this is preferred.  If this is the case, then we will give an estimate of the cost at the outset and provide regular costs updates as the case proceeds.

Hourly Rates

Solicitor/ Partner

£250 plus VAT however if the matter is particularly urgent then this may increase to £350 plus VAT.

Assistant/ Paralegal

£130 plus VAT or £200 plus VAT if the matter is urgent.

Office Support

£100 plus VAT.

Fixed Fees

1. New Premises Licence Application (Under s17 Licensing Act 2003)

Standard Application - £750 - £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements.  Generally, a matter is considered to be a standard application if no prior consultation with the licensing authority or responsible authorities is required, if the premises is not situated in a cumulative impact area and/or the application is unlikely to have an impact upon any of the licensing objectives.

Medium complex application - our fees will be between £1500 -£2500 plus VAT and disbursements.

Highly complex application - £2500 - £5000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Whether a matter is straightforward or more complex will depend on a number of things such as the size and location of the site or the premises and the impact that any such application is likely to have upon the surrounding area.  Other factors will include whether the premises is in a residential area, in a cumulative impact area (where the presumption is to refuse the application) and whether any pre- application meetings are required with the Licensing Authority or other responsible authorities.

Disbursements

In preparing and submitting an application for a new premises licence, disbursements (costs payable to third parties) will also be incurred.  These are likely to include the licensing authority application fee (the amount is dependable upon the rateable value of the premises), fees for newspaper advertisements (you should budget between £250 - £400 plus VAT for this) and, if appropriate, counsels’ fees.

There may also be disbursements for travel and overnight accommodation if necessary.  Mileage is currently charged at 45p per mile.

2. Variation of Premises Licence (s34 Licensing Act 2003)

For an application for a full variation rather than an application for a minor variation we charge a fixed fee of between £750 - £2500 plus VAT.  The price will depend upon a number of factors including the nature of the application and whether any consultation with the licensing authority, other responsible authorities or residents is likely to be required.

What is included in a Fixed Fee

  • Taking initial instructions – this is for an appointment at the office during office hours.  We can offer an appointment with a client at the premises, however, this will incur a further fee, dependent upon the location of the premises and this would be advised at the time if this should be necessary.
  • Advising on promoting the licensing objectives.
  • Advising on plan that is required to accompany the application.  This does not include obtaining suitable plans for which further advice can be given if required.  Any further fee for this advice would be discussed in advance.
  • Completing and submitting the application, including the consent to be designated premises supervisor and schedule of conditions so as to promote the Licensing Objectives
  • Disclosing the application to the Responsible Authorities either online or by post as required by the relevant licensing authority.
  • Providing the relevant notice for the client to advertise the application at the premises and arranging for the application to be advertised in the relevant local newspaper.

Further Fees

Any further work over and above the factors stated above may incur an additional fee.This will be discussed and agreed with you prior to undertaking such work.Additional work may include the following:

  • Site visit to the premises
  • Any pre or post consultation with the licensing authority, responsible authorities or residents, by way of telephone, email/post or face to face meeting;
  • Any negotiations following the receipt of any relevant representations against the application;
  • Preparing for and attending any hearing if necessary

VAT

VAT is currently chargeable at 20%.

Time Scale

Once an application is submitted, it has to be advertised for 28 days during which time any relevant representations can be made. If there are no objections or representations, then the application is deemed to have been granted and we will liaise with the licensing authority in relation to them issuing the premises licence. If there are any objections or representations, then a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing will be required, unless an agreement can be reached. The hearing should take place within 20 working days after the end of the consultation period referred to above.

Trading Standards

Trading standards prosecutions - There are a wide range of offences and potential breaches covered by Trading Standards and businesses can easily find themselves facing a prosecution due to an inadvertent breach brought by one of the following bodies:

  • The Office of Fair Trading;
  • The Food Standards Agency; or
  • Local Authority Trading Standards Departments.

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors can offer your business expert advice and guidance on any issue relating to investigations or prosecutions brought by the above bodies and can offer training to your staff to ensure compliance.

Types of offences

There are many potential offences which a business can inadvertently fall foul of, including:

  • Underage sales of alcohol, tobacco or other age-restricted products;
  • Test purchasing;
  • Copyright and trademarks;
  • Weights and measures;
  • Misleading prices and advertising;
  • Trademarks and copyright;
  • Food safety; and
  • Trade descriptions.

What we offer

Whatever the matter, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors can offer advice and representation whether it is a licensing authority or police PACE Interview (under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984), a full prosecution through the Criminal Justice system or simply some expert advice. In many cases, with our proper handling and expert negotiation, prosecution can be avoided. We can attend PACE Interviews with you to offer advice and support and we will explore all the options and proactively take steps to ensure the best outcome for you.

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Shops

Covering London, Essex, Kent and all surrounding areas, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors undertake all areas of licensing work to cater for your needs at your shop, off licence, convenience store or supermarket.

Whether you wish to:

  • Apply for a licence to start selling alcohol in your store;
  • Open a new shop, off-licence or convenience store;
  • Extend the hours you are able to sell alcohol;
  • Amend the conditions currently on your licence;

or anything else relating to licensing and your premises, we at Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors will offer clear, practical advice and get you the best possible result.

Highly experienced and skilled licensing solicitors can represent you and advocate on your behalf

Should it prove necessary, our team of highly experienced and skilled lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf, whether it be in front of the local licensing sub-committee or at court on appeal.

We offer expert advice on criminal matters relating to your premises, including underage sales and breaches of condition and can advise on any planning issues you may encounter regarding the use of your store.

Training for your staff on a range of licensing matters

We can also offer training for your staff on a range of licensing matters, including underage sales prevention, recognising signs of drunkenness, operating an effective Challenge 25 scheme and we can provide you with training materials, policies and procedures to aid in the smooth running of your business.

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Restaurants

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors undertake all areas of licensing work to cater for every aspect of your licensing needs.

Whether you wish to:

  • Apply for a licence to start selling alcohol in your restaurant;
  • Open a new restaurant or start providing late-night refreshment;
  • Extend the hours you are able to sell alcohol or provide late-night refreshment;
  • Amend the conditions currently on your licence;
  • Add regulated entertainment to your existing licence;

or anything else relating to your premises, we at Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors will offer clear, practical advice and get you the best possible result.

Highly experienced and skilled lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf

Should it prove necessary, our team of highly experienced and skilled lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf, whether it be in front of the local licensing sub-committee or at court on an appeal.

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Planning

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors has a wide range of experience on all matters relating to planning and planning enforcement action, including investigating the planning history at your premises, making planning applications, meeting and negotiating with the planning authority and advocating on your behalf at planning hearings.

We can advise you on how any planning action could impact on your premises licence and ensure a holistic approach when dealing with these matters.

Highly-skilled and knowledgable Solicitors

Our highly-skilled and knowledgable Licensing Solicitors and our Chartered Surveyor are able to offer clear, open and honest advice in resolving any issues you might have.

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Personal Licence Applications

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors can assist in every step towards gaining your personal licence, including arranging the relevant personal licence holder training and processing and submitting your personal licence application to ensure your best chance of success in obtaining your new qualification.

Overview of a personal licence

The passing of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") established a regime for the granting of personal licences to individuals to supply or to authorise the supply of alcohol. The personal licence is separate from the premises licence which authorises the premises to be used for the supply of alcohol.

The licensing of individuals separately from the licensing of premises permits the movement of personal licence holders from one premises to another, allowing greater flexibility. It ends the previous outdated regime where publicans were tied by licences to the premises where they work. The Act also provides the police and licensing authorities with powers to deal with errant personal licence holders.

The personal licence relates only to the supply of alcohol under a premises licence. An individual will not require a personal licence for the other licensable activities, the provision of regulated entertainment or late night refreshment, or for the supply of alcohol under a club premises certificate or temporary event notice (although personal licence holders will be able to give 50 temporary event notices each year instead of the limit of 5 for non-personal licence holders).

Can a personal licence holder authorise any alcohol sales?

A personal licence does not authorise its holder to supply alcohol anywhere, but only from establishments with a premises licence authorising the supply of alcohol in accordance with the premises licence. An individual may hold only one personal licence at any one time.

Can there be more than one personal licence holder at a premises?

All premises licences authorising the supply of alcohol must have an identified personal licence holder known as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). This ensures there is always one specified individual who can be readily identified at a premises where a premises licence is in force. This person will usually be responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises. More than one individual at the licensed premises may hold a personal licence, although it is not necessary for all staff to be licensed, but all supplies of alcohol under a premises licence must be made by or under the authority of a personal licence holder.

How long does it last?

A personal licence is issued and continues to valid unless the licence holder has not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence, in which case the personal licence maybe subject to review.

What is required?

Applicants for personal licences will need to obtain an accredited qualification first. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol. Personal licence qualification providers are accredited by the Secretary of State.

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Licensing Reviews & Enforcement

Is your licence under review? Whilst we as a practice focus on all aspects of alcohol and leisure licensing law, the team at Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors have particular expertise in advising and representing our clients in relation to enforcement action and reviews of licensed premises.

Our clients receive clear, practical advice and assistance at a time when they are under the considerable pressure of a review or enforcement action.

Clear, practical advice and assistance

If it is alleged that your premises is not promoting the licensing objectives, the Licensing Act allows the police, other responsible authorities or any interested party to ask the licensing authority to take a range of steps, including:

  • A temporary or permanent reduction in your trading hours;
  • A temporary or permanent removal of some of the licensable activities rfom your premises licence or club premises certificate;
  • A temporary or permanent modification of other conditions attached to your premises licence or club premises certificate;
  • The removal of the designated premises supervisor (DPS) from your premises licence; and/or
  • The suspension or complete revocation of your premises licence or club premises certificate.

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Fire Risk Assessment

All premises in England and Wales must undertake a Fire Risk Assessment under current UK legislation. 

This Assessment must be kept on the premises at all times as the Fire Authority can visit you at any time and will expect you to be able to show them this document.

How will a risk assessment benefit my premises?

Not only does completing an effective Fire Risk Assessment help your premises comply with the legal requirements, it will also benefit your business in the long run as it will reduce the likelihood of fires starting and will minimises the risk of a fire spreading should one start.

How we can help

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors we are dedicated to providing you with all of the information and practical advice necessary for the smooth running of your premises and in ensuring you understand and fully meet your legal obligations.

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Clubs

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors undertake all areas of licensing work to cater for all of your needs.

Whether you wish to:

  • Apply for a licence for a club you plan to open;
  • Extend the hours you are able to sell alcohol or admit patrons;
  • Amend the conditions currently on your licence;

or anything else relating to licensing and your premises, we at Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors will offer clear, practical advice to get you the best possible result.

Expertise in dealing with issues surrounding licensing reviews and enforcement

We have particular expertise in dealing with issues surrounding licensing reviews & enforcement and, with Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors having acted for some of the most famous and prestigious nightspots in the UK, you can be sure that you are in safe hands.

Should it prove necessary, our team of highly experienced and skilled lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf, whether that be in front of the local licensing sub-committee, the Magistrates' or a higher Court.

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Bars

Covering London, Essex and all surrounding counties of the UK, Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors undertake all areas of licensing work to cater for your requirements, whatever your particular needs.

Whether you wish to:

  • Apply for a licence for your planned bar, public house or inn;
  • Extend the hours you are able to sell alcohol, entertainment and other licensable activities;
  • Amend the conditions currently on your licence;

or anything else relating to licensing and your premises.

We offer clear, practical advice to get you the best possible result

We have particular expertise in dealing with issues surrounding licensing reviews & enforcement, regularly undertaking complex and high-profile licensing review cases.

Should it prove necessary, our team of highly experienced and skilled lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf, whether that be in front of the local licensing sub-committee, the Magistrates' or a higher Court

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