Leisure and Licensing

Rogers & Norton have a wide breadth of knowledge and are recognised nationally as specialists in leisure and licensing sector.

Leisure and Licensing

Specialist Leisure and Licensing Solicitor in Norwich and Attleborough

Bruce Faulkner is a highly experienced leisure and licensing solicitor and together with his experience in commercial and property matters allows us to offer a full service for anyone buying, selling or leasing a pub, restaurant or any other licensed business.

We are able to offer fixed fees for dealing with most applications or can advise clients who wish to make applications themselves.

Bruce Faulkner has close links with Inn-Trainingone of Norfolk’s leading providers of courses for licensing qualifications. We can therefore arrange training for Licensees both with regard to the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders and Health & Safety and Hygiene courses and for Door Staff.

We have a wealth of experience relevant to the leisure and licensing sector, and have acted for many hotels and restaurants, locally and nationally. The firm also has longstanding relationships with breweries and golf clubs.

We can help with:

Liquor Licensing

In 2005 the Licensing Act 2003 came into force and licensing law went through its first major change for 40 years.

The change in theory at least allows 24 hour drinking and a relaxation of the licensing laws and moved control of licensing from the Magistrates Court to Local authorities.

There are now two levels of licence; personal and premises licences.

Since November 2005 all public houses, restaurants, and nightclubs have to have the benefit of a Premises Licence in order to be used for the sale of alcohol.

Premises Licences

All premises licences have conditions attached and one of the major differences between the old and new law is that under the 2003 Act it is the applicant who volunteers those conditions. The conditions stay on the licence and define how the business is run. It is essential therefore that serious consideration is given to the nature of the conditions to be added to any application.

Personal Licences

All sales of alcohol must be authorised by the holder of a Personal Licence who must have obtained the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (NCPLH) qualification. We can make Personal Licence applications or advise clients on making the applications themselves.

Regulated Entertainment

Any premises which are used for the provision of entertainment to the public must now have a premises licence. This replaces the old “Public Entertainment Licence” but covers a wider definition of “entertainment”. In many cases they will also be licensed for the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment will be added to or included on the premises licence.

Late night refreshment licensing

All premises, including takeaways, providing hot food between 11.00pm and 5.00am must have a premises licence. It also covers restaurants serving hot food and drink after 11.00pm. Most of those will already have a premises licence to cover the sale of alcohol but need to ensure that their premises licence covers hot food & drink after 11.00pm if necessary.

Temporary Event Notices

All “licenseable activities” can be carried out for a period of not more than 96 hours under the authority of a “Temporary Event Notice” (TEN). We can advise on TENs & whether it would be more appropriate for a Premises Licence to be applied for.

Betting & Gaming – We have many years of experience of applying for betting office licences and permits and have made applications on behalf of some of the biggest names in the business as well as individual owner operators. We are able to offer advice and help in relation to all aspects of betting, gaming and lotteries.

The Leisure and licensing sector includes:

  • Public Houses
  • Clubs
  • Village Halls
  • Restaurants
  • Off-licences and supermarkets
  • Betting Shops

We are able to advise on the sale and purchase of a business, property and land issues, licencing and finance matters. We also act for one of the largest holiday companies in the UK on regulatory matters and can assist with any disputes that may arise. Our firm can also deal with any issues that arise with your banking, Intellectual Property Rights, Employment and TUPE issues, product liability, insurance claims and commercial contracts.


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