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Our licensing team enjoys “preferred set” status with the Sussex Consortium of 16 local authorities.
Solicitors firms also repeatedly instruct members often from an early stage sometimes before proceedings are commenced.
The team covers a wide range of licensing law and practice including:
- Alcohol & Entertainment
- Taxi & Private Hire
- HGV & PCV
In addition to public bodies members have acted for individual drivers and license-holders, companies, operators and representative organisations. They have appeared before local authority committees and the Traffic Commissioner as well as the courts.
The team is equipped to deal with cases varying in complexity and significance ranging from the local off licence or chip shop to the medium sized limousine company to the largest lap-dancing club.
Team members specialise in complementary areas such as crime and personal injury and can offer a comprehensive and seamless service covering these related areas thereby saving costs. This is particularly important in Licensing because relatively simple accidents might easily lead to the revocation of a private hire licence, criminal prosecution and a personal injury claim. A routine visit to by a licensing officer may result in a prosecution under Licensing, Health and Safety or Environmental law.