Combining extensive knowledge of licensing law with commercial acumen, we provide you with timely, bespoke and pragmatic advice to meet your licensing needs.

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Specialists in licensing

Our specialists have experience across all types of licensing matters – from hotels, cafés and restaurants to public houses, night clubs and shops.

Our experienced team has the expertise to support you with the full range of licensing applications, whether applying for a premises licence or variation to an existing premises licence to appoint a designated premises supervisor, obtain a personal licence or secure a temporary event notice. We can also represent you at licensing committee and licensing appeals and defend you against prosecution.

Whatever the nature of your licensing needs, we will provide comprehensive support from beginning to end.


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

  • obtaining a new premises licence for pop-up shop in Cribbs Causeway in Bristol in tight timescales and 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 our client’s 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 premises licence and advising on the variation of licensing conditions for a new restaurant in Islington


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • advising on the licensing needs and obligations of your business, whether starting, buying, developing, selling or closing a business
  • 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
  • applications for Personal Licences
  • designated Premises Supervisor applications
  • Temporary Event Notices to provide interim licensing
  • challenging 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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