As a licensee, potential licensee or the owner of commercial premises, timely and expert advice on licensing matters is an invaluable support. It gives you the freedom to make commercial choices that help you meet your business objectives and grasp opportunities for growth.

Key Contacts

Alex Madden

Alex Madden


Rosalyn Trotman

Rosalyn Trotman



You might be applying for a premises license to help your business develop, varying a license in line with changing commercial demands, looking to obtain a personal license or wanting to secure a temporary event notice to capitalise on seasonal opportunities. Perhaps you are involved in a licensing-related dispute and require skilled representation to maximise your chances of success at a licensing committee appeal, or need expert support defending a licensing-related claim.

Whatever your licensing issue, we can provide bespoke, commercially-driven advice. Our specialists have experience across all types of licensing matters including hotels, cafes and restaurants, public houses, nightclubs or shops.


Our Licensing Team regularly supports clients with their licensing needs.  Recent highlights include:

  • gaining a new premises licence in very short tight timescales for a pop-up shop in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, plus a series of temporary events notices to provide interim licensing for the Christmas shopping period
  • successfully defending the owners of licensed premises on a breach of conditions under the Licensing Act 2003 and obtaining an award from central funds for recovery of legal fees
  • securing the transfer of a premises licence and designated premises supervisor for a café in Norfolk alongside the purchase of the café
  • managing the transfer of a premises licence and advising on the variation of licensing conditions for a new restaurant in Islington, London


The ways in which we can help you include:

  • advising you on the licensing needs and obligations of your business, whether you are starting, buying, developing, selling or closing a business
  • assisting you with Premises Licence Applications and Club Premises Certificates, including applications to vary or transfer a licence or certificate, objecting to grants or variations, and applying for, or responding to, a review of a Premises Licence
  • assisting you in applying for Personal Licences
  • supporting you with designated Premises Supervisor applications
  • assisting you in obtaining Temporary Event Notices to provide interim licensing
  • guiding you in relation to challenges regarding activities of licensed premises


Thrings’ excellent team provides a first-class level of service and adopts a common sense and commercial approach.

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