Whilst we do everything we can to ensure the grant of a licence application without the need for a hearing, we know that this is not always possible. We always try to negotiate away any objections with those who may be concerned about an application, whether that be the local Police or nearby residents.
However, this is not always possible and sometimes an application must be determined through a hearing before the local authority’s Licensing Committee. Our licensing solicitors are confident, experienced advocates with a long history of representing applicants at Committee hearings up and down the country.
We prepare for the hearing in conjunction with you, to ensure that we have the fullest possible understanding of your business, and giving you the highest chance of success.
Q: Do I need to be legally represented at a hearing?
A: Most licensing hearings take place before a Licensing Sub Committee at the Town Hall, rather than a Court. An applicant for a licence can represent themselves or appoint someone, whether legally qualified or not, to speak on their behalf. However, hearings can be daunting for some, and licensing legislation can be complex. When the stakes are so high we thinks it’s vital to engage expert legal advice and assistance.