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It can be difficult to get licensing right and when licensing goes wrong it can have serious consequences. If you need licensing advice, we can help you achieve the best possible result for your licensed premises. Whatever your licensing needs, Fletcher Day offers bespoke advice designed to meet your business needs.

We have significant experience in the licensing industry and we will give you all of the straightforward, practical advice and support that you need.

What is the Licensing Act 2003?

The Licensing Act 2003 was introduced in 2005, taking control of licensing away from the magistrate’s court and placing it into the hands of local authorities. It had a dramatic effect on the control and administration of alcohol and entertainment licensing. It did not lead to the continental café culture, and the “light touch” that was hoped for, but instead a more regulated control of all licensed premises.

Our Services

We can help you navigate your way through the maze of local licensing requirements, helping you avoid all of the pitfalls and traps for the unwary. We are used to dealing with local authorities all over London, the home counties and beyond. We can help you with:

  • Premises licence applications
  • Variation of premises licenses
  • Dealing with objectors
  • Minor variations and personal licence applications
  • Advocacy at licensing authority hearings and magistrates’ courts
  • Temporary events notices
  • Prosecutions, reviews, closure orders and appeals
  • Outside table and chairs licenses
  • Planning

How much will it cost me?

We charge reasonable fees (including fixed fees where appropriate) for all of our licensing matters. We ensure that we understand all of your licensing requirement which enables us to give you a quote, with no hidden surprises.

How long will it take?

We can have most full applications ready for submission within 5-10 days, can turnaround other types of application within a few days and can expedite your application where needed. For all new premises licence or variation applications (which are not minor variations) there is always a 28 day public consultation period. For any other types of application, please speak to us for details of notice periods.

Want to learn more about licensing?

Click here to read our licensing jargon buster – as good a place to start as any.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news and developments in licensing law here.


For more information or to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion about your circumstances, please make an enquiry or contact our licensing law team on +44 (0)20 7870 3884.

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Jude Fletcher

Jude Fletcher

Senior Partner

+44 (0)20 7870 3884