Published: 25 February 2020
Over the last 18 months or so, COVID 19 has impacted the world in unimaginable ways. And one of the sectors hardest hit has been licensed leisure.
Though many operators have developed successful delivery services, covering both food and alcohol, many were forced into administration, insolvency or a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA).
From a legal perspective, once an operator goes into such business arrangements, their premises licences lapse. This means the operator would be unable to sell alcohol in any of their premises.
To stop this happening, it is vital that all premises licences are transferred into the new business entity / company within group (resulting from the restructuring process) on or before a specific day.
If the premises licences are not transferred in time and they lapse, the premises licence is permanently lost and a new premises licence needs applying for on order for the operator to sell alcohol. This would lead to three main issues:
In recent months a team of five solicitors and legal experts, led by Partner Graeme Cushion, managed the timely transfer of 800+ licences for several operators.
This was an enormous undertaking which involved completing / submitting an application to 100s of different local authorities on specific dates. This project took months to complete to ensure all sites could continue to sell alcohol / trade.
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