Our service

We can help you apply for a new premises licence or apply to vary the terms of an existing licence. Our service is highly bespoke and will be tailored to your needs and type of licence you wish to obtain or vary. You should note however, that the course of the matter will be significantly influenced by the approach taken by the relevant licensing authority.

What is included

As a general rule our services in this respect include:

What is excluded

The fees set out below for your licensing application would not include any further work, such as:

What we charge

We charge an hourly rate for our services. The hourly rates of our solicitors vary as do the number of hours required to apply for a new licence or the variation of an existing licence. We also deal with many different types of licence, especially the more complex applications. To give you an indication of our likely fees, we set out below example fee estimates for matters of varying complexity.

You should note that the approach of the relevant licensing and responsible authorities, and the involvement and organisation of residential and local amenity groups will significantly affect our charges. Other factors will increase the complexity of the matter include:

In addition to our fees, you will need to budget for the following:

We would usually discuss these additional third party services (known as disbursements) with you in advance and instruct those service providers on your behalf when necessary. You are responsible for their fees, though we would usually handle their payment for you to ensure a smoother process and add these costs to your invoice.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.


Matters usually take between six to twelve weeks from receipt of instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.