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The price information below is for new premises licences and full variations thereof.

We know costs are important in any business transaction. We have set out a range of fees dependent upon the complexities of an application. We have also set out what is included and excluded from the price and, have listed the disbursement fees which you should expect to pay. The price information is designed to give you an accurate indication of how much it costs to work with us.

However, please do not use cost alone to evaluate our service. The reason we are trusted by more licensed operators than any other firm in the UK is not costs, it is results. And the results we achieve for our clients means that they can operate how they want to; usually leading to more profitable operations.

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Hourly Rates

  Range
[based on rate per hour]
Partner £295 to £375
Associate £265 to £320
Senior Solicitor [5 years+ qualified] £245 to £295
Junior Socilictor £200 to £250
Legal Executive / Senior Paralegal £165 to £225
Trainee Solicitor £165 to £195
Paralegals £125 to £170
Clerks £95

We reserve the right to charge an enhanced rate if the case is one of unusual urgency.
The hourly rates given do not include VAT, which will be additionally payable.
Our VAT number is 610752862.

VAT at the standard rate of 20% will be added to our charges. The amount will vary dependent upon the final cost. Some disbursements carry VAT at the standard rate and below we have indicated if VAT is included or excluded from the cost.

If you have any questions about price or want a specific quote then please contact us.

1. New Premises Licence Application (under Licensing Act 2003)

Standard application (click for more details...)

  • Low to medium risk of impact upon the licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £950 to £5,000, excluding VAT.

The price will depend upon a number of factors, including the level and experience of those working upon your case; the complexity of the application in terms of the licensable activities and hours being applied for and, the likely impact of those activities and hours upon the location the premises are situated.  Such applications might include for example an unopposed application for a Late Night Refreshment House; Restaurant or Off-Licence, or a bar which does not trade late hours and plays background music.

  • Medium to high risk of impact upon the licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £4,000 to £10,000, excluding VAT.

This is based upon the above factors but then envisages additional work with the Authorities to pre-consult upon the proposals and agree the conditions prior to submission. This will include a meeting with you at our offices and pre-consultation with the Authorities online or via telephone. Such applications might include for example a licence for an outdoor event or a complex new licence or variation application involving pre-consultation with the authorities where agreement is reached.

  • High to severe risk of impact to licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £6,000 to £20,000, excluding VAT.

This is based upon the above factors but envisages that the application is complex due to the scale, size, location of the site and/or premises or to the nature of proposals and the likely impact upon the surrounding area or, due to the site being in a cumulative impact location which carries a presumption to refuse the application if objections are received. The application therefore necessitates additional preparation and meetings in advance of submission. The price envisages a meeting with the applicant at our offices; pre-consultation with the Licensing Authority, Responsible Authorities and/or residents and local Councillors online or via telephone. Such applications might include an application for a large outdoor event, such as a festival; a highly contested application and/or an application in cumulative impact where the presumption is to refuse the application where objections are received.

2. Variation of Premises Licence (under Licensing Act 2003)

The range below is for a full variation application not a minor variation application.

Standard application

  • Low to medium risk of impact upon the licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £800 to £3,000, excluding VAT.

The price will depend upon a number of factors, including the level and experience of those working upon your case. This covers variations to hours and conditions and all plan changes which do not require pre or post consultation with the Authorities and/or local residents and Councillors. Such applications might include for example an unopposed application for a Late Night Refreshment House; Restaurant or Off-Licence, or a bar which does not trade late hours and plays background music.

  • Medium to high risk of impact upon the licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £2,500 to £6,000, excluding VAT.

This is based upon the above factors but then envisages additional work with the Authorities to pre-consult upon the proposals and agree the conditions prior to submission. This will include a meeting with you at our offices and pre-consultation with the Authorities online or via telephone. Such applications might include for example a licence for an outdoor event or a complex new licence or variation application involving pre-consultation with the authorities where agreement is reached.

  • High to severe risk of impact to licensing objectives. (The licensing objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance; public safety and the protection of children from harm).
  • £6,000 to £20,000, excluding VAT.

This is based upon the above factors but envisages that the application is complex due to the scale, size, location of the site and/or premises or to the nature of proposals and the likely impact upon the surrounding area or, due to the site being in a cumulative impact location which carries a presumption to refuse the application if objections are received. The application therefore necessitates additional preparation and meetings in advance of submission. The price envisages a meeting with the applicant at our offices; pre-consultation with the Licensing Authority, Responsible Authorities and/or residents and local Councillors online or via telephone. Such applications might include an application for a large outdoor event, such as a festival; a highly contested application and/or an application in cumulative impact where the presumption is to refuse the application where objections are received.

  1. Taking your instructions

    Either online; via telephone or face to face initial meeting at our offices with a Solicitor and/or Partner dependent upon the level of complexity and upon your specific request in terms of who you wish to deal with the application.

    If a face to face meeting out of the office is requested then a price will be given for this and it will be dependent upon the location and how far we need to travel to meet you.

  2. Advising you how to promote the licensing objectives

    We will assess the licensable activities and hours you are requesting, together with other factors such as your level of expertise; what documentation you can prepare and provide to support your application; the location of your premises and whether they are close to noise sensitive premises, or in a location where objections are likely to be received and, we shall then prepare and agree with you appropriate conditions to incorporate within your application.

  3. Advising on the types and content of plans required to accompany your application.

  4. If a new premises licence application, preparing a form of consent to be signed by a personal licence holder nominated by yourself who you intend to appoint as the Designated Premises Supervisor.

  5. Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the Licensing Authorities.

  6. Completing and submitting your application in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local Licensing Authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.

  7. Preparing copies of your application for disclosure to the Responsible Authorities and serving copies upon them.

  8. Advising you of the timescales and providing you with the public notice to be displayed at the site and within the local newspaper. If requested, we can arrange upon your behalf for a third party advertising agent to typeset the notice and negotiate the fee and arrange for publication in a local newspaper. Their fees will be charged as a disbursement (see disbursements).

    We can also arrange for a local agent to display the public notice at the site and to check it for you for 28 days to ensure that it is not removed and/or tampered with. Again, their fees will be charged as a disbursement (see disbursements).

  9. At the end of the objection period, we will contact the local Licensing Authority to confirm that your application has been granted and will report to yourself via telephone or email. If objections are received we will need to provide you with a further estimate of costs based upon the objections received and evidence needed to counter those objections, and upon the need to attend a hearing.

  10. Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the Local Authority.

  1. Obtaining suitable plans.

  2. Pre-consultation with the local Licensing Authority; Responsible Authorities and others (i.e. local residents and/or Councillors) to meet (nor any charge made by the local Licensing Authority and/or Responsible Authorities for such a meeting), nor telephone or written consultation.

  3. Advise upon or investigating the licensing and/or planning history of the site or of the surrounding area, including investigating licences granted and/or refused for other similar operations in the locality.

  4. Attending a site meeting.

  5. Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the local Licensing Authorities, a Responsible Authority and/or other interested party.

  6. Advising on varying the Licence subsequent to submission or grant.

  7. Attendance or representation at a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing.

  8. Advising and/or preparing evidence in support of the hearing, including instructing Council or expert witnesses and/or obtaining expert reports and serving the same.

    If representations are received and/or attendance is required at a hearing before the Licensing Sub-Committee then we will provide a separate fee estimate once we have assessed the level of objections received and the evidence which will be required to be submitted to the Licensing Authority and be presented at the hearing.

  9. Investigating the use of outside areas and advising upon and submitting any separate application required for such areas.

  10. Advice on property agreements and/or contracts, including raising preliminary licensing enquiries.

  11. Drafting operating policy documents which support the operating schedule.

  12. Canvassing support and/or instructing experts.

  13. Taking witness statements.

  14. Investigations and production of evidence to address the presumption to refuse the application due to the site being in a cumulative impact area and/or advice upon transportation options.

  15. Advising on related property issues such as licensing conditionality in an agreement for lease or lease.

  16. Travel time away from the offices to any meetings and/or hearing, plus any costs of travel.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee.  We pay the disbursements on your behalf from money received on account of costs to ensure a smooth process.

  • Application fee payable to the Licensing Authority.

    The fee is based upon the rateable value of your property. Click here to calculate the fee payable. If your premises have no rateable value then we will speak to the Council upon your behalf to agree the fee payable. The fee payable includes VAT.

  • Advertising charges.

    The cost of advertising is determined by the size of your advert in centimetres which is then multiplied by the number of columns. You should budget between £100 to £500 (excluding VAT) as the cost varies throughout the country and is fixed by the local newspaper. To save you money both in terms of our time and size of newspaper print costs we can arrange upon your behalf for a third party advertising agent to typeset the notice, negotiate the fee and arrange publication. They will charge 10% of the cost of the advert (excluding VAT). We would not charge you an additional fee to arrange for the advertising agent to place your notice for publication.

  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices

    If you do not wish to display your own public notice at the site and check it for 28 days then we can arrange for the notice to be displayed upon your behalf by a local enquiry agent. We would not charge you any additional fees for this. You would simply need to pay the enquiry agent’s fee which ranges between £100 to £150 (excluding VAT) depending on the location of your premises.

  • Postage charges

    Recorded or special delivery fee for service of the application (including VAT). The VAT charge will depend on the cost of the special delivery fee (based on weight and size) which is fixed by Royal Mail. We do not charge for any documents sent by first or second class post however where documents are sent by recorded or special delivery due to the need to track receipt and ensure strict application timeframes are met then these will be recharged as a disbursement. The rates depend upon the weight and time of delivery. Royal Mail fix these prices click here to review the business rates price guide charges.

  • Printing plans

    If you send your plans to us electronically then we will need to charge you for any plans which are printed as a disbursement. Any plans printed by us, which we receive in an AutoCAD format (computer-aided design and drafting software application) will be printed at a cost of:-

    • A0 size - £3.00 + £0.60 VAT
    • A1 size - £2.50 + £0.50 VAT
    • A3 size - £0.50 + £0.10 VAT

  • Courier

    The price is entirely dependent upon the location, date and time of the delivery. A courier disbursement will be recharged at cost and will incur VAT.

  • Travel, Accommodation and Parking

    • Mileage is currently charged at £0.65 per mile + £0.13 VAT.
    • Train travel. Should train travel be required this will be booked in advance, where possible, to secure the best prices. The price is entirely dependent upon the rail network, location for travel and date and time. Train travel be recharged at cost and will incur VAT.
    • Accommodation. Should accommodation be required, this will be booked in advance, where possible, to secure the best price. The price is entirely dependent on the location and date. Accommodation will be recharged at cost and will incur VAT.
    • Car Parking fees. Any car parking fees incurred, will be dependent upon the location of the car park and will be recharged at cost and will incur VAT.

  • Experts

    If your application is complex and you need expert evidence to support your application then the cost of such experts and/or provision of witness statements and/or reports will not be covered by our fees. A fee will have to be negotiated with the expert and will depend upon the nature of the instruction; the time to be spent by the expert in undertaking the work including undertaking observations and research, preparing written reports, witness statements and attending a hearing to give evidence. A typical cost can be between £500 to £5,000 excluding VAT, but could be higher depending upon the complexity of the application.

The day after your application has been submitted then the clock starts to tick on the 28 day objection period. If there are no objections after 28 days then your application is deemed granted and we should be notified of this within a couple of days by the local Licensing Authority.  We will report the outcome to you by telephone and/or email. If objections are received then the Council will list your application for hearing. The hearing should take place within 20 working days after the end of the objection period but some local Licensing Authorities take longer to list applications.

The local Licensing Authorities will give you notice 10 working days before the hearing of the time, date and place.  Within 5 working days of the hearing, you have to confirm that you want the hearing to proceed and that you will attend. We will advise and assist you through this process.

Prior to submitting your application we need time to prepare your application and, if necessary, consult with relevant parties and draft documentation.  The time we need will depend very much upon the complexity of your application.  If your application is complex you should build extra time into your schedule to allow for preparation and all meetings prior to submission.  We can guide you upon how much time to allow once we understand the complexities of your application.  If your application is simple then upon receipt of full instructions, supporting documentation and plans from yourself, including agreement from you upon the terms of the application and conditions to be included then, usually within 5 working days, we will have submitted your application. If you need your application submitting sooner than 5 working days then you should discuss this with us. If you need your application expedited then it may affect the costs and we will discuss this with you.