The knowledge and experience you need to make sure you have the correct licenses, and that you are aware of your regulatory duties.

  • Licence applications and reviews
  • Transfers and variations of licences
  • Suspended and revoked licence appeals


For Business Licensing Expertise: Trust HCB’s Specialist Commercial Solicitors

Knowing which license or combination of licences is required for your business can seem like a minefield. Licensing is a complex area, and making sure you are meeting the legal requirements calls for specialist knowledge. Failing to obtain the relevant licences for your organisation or event can lead to loss of business, investigation by the relevant authorities, and eventually prosecution with the risk of heavy fines.

At HCB, our specialist licensing experts are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that the correct licenses are obtained, and that you do not fall foul of the stringent and proactive regulation by the local authority and the police.

The team is not only experienced in dealing with applications for licences, but also in reviews, transfers, variations, suspensions and revocations.

Our specialist licensing team can help you with:

  • Premises licences
  • Personal licences
  • Licences to regulate entertainment
  • Club premises certificates
  • Late night refreshment licenses
  • Temporary event notices
  • PRS and PPL music licences
  • Adult entertainment venue licences

Representation in licensing disputes

Unlike many other licensing advisers, our team is also experienced in helping you if you are facing an investigation by a relevant body, such as an investigation by the local authority or the police. We can assist you in any formal interviews, in face-to-face discussions, and, if necessary, in representation before a licensing committee of the local authority, or even proceedings before the magistrates’ court.

Members of our team have national experience of representing clients before licensing subcommittees, both in applications where representations have been received and also in reviews where a licence is in jeopardy. As lawyers, we also have a right of audience before a magistrates’ court to deal with any appeals.

  • Recognised for the team's appreciation of the commercial realities facing clients.

For licensing advice you can count on, contact HCB solicitors.