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Licensing solicitors - compliance & enforcement

Stephensons has a team of specialist lawyers who provide advice and representation to individuals and businesses attempting to navigate the complex licensing laws and requirements in place. We are able to act for clients across a number of sectors including alcohol and entertainment, restaurant and food, gambling, animals, and firearms and can provide advice and assist with a number of issues, including licensing applications, temporary events notices, licence reviews, local authority investigations, injunctions, and prosecutions.

Our specialist regulatory lawyers understand the pressure on businesses to ensure strict compliance with the laws and their own licenses. Breaches of these laws or breaches of a licence can lead to significant financial penalties, adverse publicity, and in some cases a custodial sentence. If you wish to protect your business or you have been contacted about possible enforcement action, it is extremely important to seek advice from a specialist before you take any action. Defending you and your business is our primary concern. If you require assistance, please contact our specialist lawyers on 0161 696 6250. Alternatively, please complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly to discuss your case.


Statutory licensing

Statutory licensing is wide-ranging and covers a number of commercial sectors. Our specialist lawyers can give you the advice that you need to deal with any enforcement action faced by you or your business, including:

  • Premise licence applications;
  • Varying existing licences;
  • Obtaining temporary events notices; and
  • Defending enforcement action, including licence reviews, prosecutions, and closure orders.

We are able to act for clients across a number of sectors, in particular alcohol and entertainment, restaurant and food, gambling, animals, and firearms

If you require advice or support in relation to any of the above, you should seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible in order to protect your interests. For a confidential discussion with a member of our team, please contact us on 0161 696 6250 or complete our online enquiry form.

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