Decisions in respect of licensing applications, whether that be a new licence or a variation, are made at first instance by the Licensing Committee of the local authority.
However, an applicant, or indeed an objector, who is aggrieved by such a decision has the option of appealing it to the Magistrates Court. Our solicitors regularly represent both those appealing decisions and those defending the appeals. A huge amount of meticulous preparation is required in order to be successful at such hearings, and our solicitors can deal with each and every stage of the process.
Our solicitors have recently successfully defending an appeal lodged by a local resident against the grant of a new licence for BrewDog in York. They are also currently appealing a decision not to grant a variation application seeking to extend hours for a restaurant in west London.