Licensing

Citadel's team of licensing advocates have long-standing national recognition for   ".... expertise in regulatory fields such as health and safety, trading standards and licensing " (Chambers & Partners 2012).

We deal with all forms of licensed activities, including :

  • Alcohol and Food
  • Entertainment
  • Gambling
  • Security Industry
  • Hackney carriage and Private Hire taxis

Chambers has a long history of practice in licensing, instructed by some of the country’s largest corporate clients and also the licensing justices.   A former head of Chambers is one of the editors of ‘Paterson's Licensing Law’.

Members of the team have extensive and nationwide experience in terms of advice and advocacy, from hearings before councils / magistrates to proceedings in the higher courts, representing applicants (both individual and corporate), objectors, police and other interested parties.   

Licensing work of all kinds is undertaken including appeals, reviews, challenging special policies and the legality of local authority policies.

Our expertise in the overlapping areas of regulatory and criminal law enables us to provide comprehensive advice regarding compliance obligations, and / or representation in enforcement proceedings relating to alleged breaches of licence conditions or legislation.

Most members of the team are registered with the Bar Council's Direct Access scheme, and are able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies or other organisations, without the need to incur additional solicitors fees.   Initial advice and consultations can be provided on a 'fixed fee' basis, and the charges for services provided by members of our licensing law team are flexible, to suit the needs of individual cases.   Our experienced clerking team will be happy to provide further details.

We have extensive conference facilities, lecture rooms and video link capability.   Whether you wish to see one of our licensing lawyers at our premises in the heart of Birmingham city centre, or using the video link, we can provide expert licensing law advice quickly and conveniently.