The specialist licensing lawyers at Hill Brown Licensing have extensive experience in all aspects of Scottish licensing law. We are recognised as one of the leading firms in the country when it comes to advising private and public sector clients on all types of licences. We provide a service that is tailored to your requirements. Whether you own a pub, operate a taxi or run a sports club that hosts events, our solicitors are expertly placed to provide the advice and support you need.
We act for a wide range of clients across Edinburgh, as well as the rest of Scotland. We have nurtured an excellent working relationship with Edinburgh City Council, which helps us to deliver results quickly and effectively. Whatever your licensing requirements, our licensing lawyers can provide specialist advice to help you get the most from your licence.
Our licensing solicitors have many years of experience advising clients who operate pubs, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and off-licences on meeting their requirements under Scotland’s licensing laws. We understand that your licence is at the core of your business and it represents an invaluable asset.
Licensing is a specialist area of the law. We can support you to negotiate all obstacles by providing clear and reliable advice. We regularly advise clients on matters, including:
We have a broad client base, ranging from owner-operators to public limited companies. As well as working with those operating in the hospitality sector, we also regularly advise others who sell alcohol as part of their business, including wholesalers, convenience stores, petrol stations, manufacturers and brewers.
We can support you to get local authority approval to allow you to put tables, chairs and other furniture on public highways. Typically, these licences are sought to provide a designated area for smokers or serving food and drink outdoors. Whatever your reasons for needing a pavement licence, we can advise on the licensing, roads consent and planning permission required and how you can make an application to vary your licence.
A personal licence is required for anyone wishing to act as the Premises Manager on a premises licence. The role of Premises Manager is to authorise the sale of alcohol and to make sure premises are operated correctly and within the law. Our licensing solicitors can assist you with your application and offer guidance on your obligations.
Our licensing solicitors can act on behalf of licence holders who are facing a review of their licence. Reviews allow other parties, such as Licensing Boards, residents and the police, to seek redress when they believe that the licence holder has undermined the licensing objectives.
We have represented a diverse range of operators who are facing a review of their premises licence, providing tactical and pragmatic advice on how to deal with review proceedings. We have considerable experience negotiating with other parties to ensure the best outcome for our clients. At all times, we will strive to maintain good relations with the other parties to enable you to continue operating during and after the review process.
We can assist operators of licensed premises in complying with all relevant regulatory regimes that apply to their business. We regularly work with a broad range of clients who operate under licensing legislation, from pubs and restaurants to large event organisers, advising on matters including the sale of alcohol, trading standards issues, fire risk and noise abatement notices.
Our licensing lawyers can support licence holders to extend their licensed hours on a temporary basis, enabling them to increase business for events such as musical performances or sporting events. We regularly advise clients on applying for extended hours consents and can attend hearings in support of this, as well as negotiate with any officials if objections are raised or conditions requested.
Our licensing solicitors can provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of gambling law. We can offer representation for casinos, betting shops, lotteries, arcades, online gaming operators and family entertainment centres. We can assist with all licensing authority gambling applications, including those for new premises and minor permits. We have substantial experience with Gambling Commission operating licences and the licence review process. Our solicitors can also assist alcohol licensing clients in respect of gambling laws in pubs and clubs.
We have extensive experience advising on a range of civic licences, including late hours catering licences, public entertainment licences, theatre and cinema licences. We also regularly take instruction from those who hold taxi and private hire car licences and operator licences. We can provide representation at licensing committee hearings, as well as advice and a robust defence if your licence has been revoked.
Our licensing lawyers take a practical and commercial approach to ensure all your legal requirements are met, whatever type of licence you hold. For expert advice on all licensing law matters, call Hill Brown Licensing today on 0141 221 1919 or fill in our online contact form.
Hill Brown provide an exemplary service. Their wealth of knowledge and experience around licensing is untouchable by others and their advice is always prompt, comprehensive and can be trusted as the best course of action.
Audrey Junner is very knowledgeable not only on the law and practice generally but also on the regional practices and requirements of local licensing boards.
Audrey came highly recommended from a friend with a similar business and he was entirely correct, she knows the industry inside out. From her initial phone call to communication throughout the process, I was kept fully updated on all aspects of liquor licence application start to finish. I'd recommend Audrey to anyone looking for her professional advice.
We approached Miller Samuel Hill Brown through recommendation and after initially struggling to advance licencing applications with our local authority ourselves. From the outset, they gave us the confidence that we were in safe hands and kept us informed at all stages of our applications. We were particularly impressed with the time taken to understand our business and the people within it, making their representations to the licencing board genuine and effective.
I couldn’t recommend any other solicitors like this. Miller Samuel Hill Brown are an amazing company to deal with from start to finish. First class service and straight on the case. Everyone I have dealt with within the business has been friendly, efficient and professional. Advice is always presented in a user-friendly format and they take their time to ensure that you have digested everything. 5 stars from me!