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The Licensing Team specialise in and offer a guidance and advice in respect of the following areas;

Fees

Due to the varying nature of these matters, it is not always possible to give a definitive estimate of costs. For example, the type of licence application and the relevant local authority will be a factor. It will always be our aim to give you the best possible costs information from the outset, and throughout any case with us and in most cases, we will endeavour to provide you a fixed fee estimate for our charges.

Where we are not able to provide a fixed fee estimate, our charges will usually be based on an hourly rate, which are currently as follows;

Kuljeet Sandhu charges an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT;

Liam Fitzgerald charges an hourly rate of £225 plus VAT;

*The above rates are subject to change from time to time.

*Where VAT is applicable it is at the current rate of 20% (which is subject to change from time to time.

1. Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing (including Sexual Entertainment Venues)

To advise you in respect of your personal licence application our charges are likely to be between £300 – £500 plus VAT plus the application fee (currently £37).

To advise in respect of a new premises licence (assuming that there are no complicating factors, such as objections by the police or planning issues) our charges will be in the region of £800 – £1,400 plus VAT, along with the application fee, which varies from £700 – £1,095 depending on the rateable value of the premises and a fee of between £100 – £635 for a club premises certificate.

To advise in respect of an application for a minor variation of an existing licence, we would typically charge between £700 – £1,000 plus VAT.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alcohol-licensing-fee-levels for details of the current fee scale.

Assuming that there are no objections, i.e. raised by the local authority or the police, either application should be capable of being prepared and submitted within a week of taking instructions. We would typically expect an authority to make a decision within 5 months of receiving the application, although this can of course vary.

2. Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)
    • Personal Licence Application Fee  –  £37
    • Premises Licence Application Fee  –  £100 – £1,095 (depending on rateable value of the premises)
    • Club Premises Certificate – £100 – £635 (depending on rateable value of the premises)
    • Application for minor variation – £89
    • Application to transfer premises licence – £23
    • Application to vary Designated Premises Supervisor – £23
  • Advertising fee
    • This fee is set by the local newspapers in which the notice is to be published and will vary from region to region. Typically fees are between £200 – £500 plus VAT*
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices
    • An Enquiry Agent is an Agent that can be instructed to post public notices on your behalf. Again fees may vary regionally but are typically between £100 – £300 plus VAT*
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application
    • Typically applications are served electronically. However, where a papers application is to be submitted, we will submit it by special delivery. This will typically be charged at £10 plus VAT*
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary
    • If it is necessary to print additional copies of plans we will typically charge between £10 – £50 plus VAT*

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

 

Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

 

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

 

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 8-10 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

 

3. Taxi Licensing

We regularly advise and represent clients from the taxi industry. We can help with:

  • Private hire vehicle operator licence applications and hearings;
  • Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver applications and renewals;
  • Vehicle licence applications and renewals;
  • Committee hearings and appeals at both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Courts;
  • Criminal proceedings relating to taxi drivers and operators.

4. HGV and PSV Licensing

We advise and represent clients from the Transport industry in:

  • HGV and PSV Operator licence applications and variations;
  • Operating Centre transfers;
  • Traffic Commissioner public inquiries;
  • Magistrates’ court proceedings, including appeals;
  • Upper Tribunal Appeals.

5. Scrap Metal Licensing

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 brought about a substantial change in the regulation of the scrap metal trade. We can help with:

  • Collector’s and Site Licence applications;
  • Local authority hearings;
  • Magistrates’ court appeals;
  • Criminal proceedings arising from scrap metal dealing.

Contact one of our Solicitors in Coventry: enquiries@askewslegal.co

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