Licensing Solicitors

Our experienced licensing solicitors understand that licensing is a complex area of law. We can help you to secure the right licenses for your business and make sure that you’re complying with the necessary regulations. Whether you’re a new or existing business, we can advise you on all the legal aspects of licensing.

Our licensing services are led by Philip Somarakis, a Partner with over 25 years' experience. The team also includes legal experts who’ve been working in the licensing sector for over 30 years.

Whatever your needs, our team of expert licensing solicitors are here to offer you a comprehensive service.

Call us to find out more about how we can help with your licensing issues. You can also contact us online and we’ll ring you back at a time that’s convenient for you.

What licensing services do we offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of licensing services, from helping you to apply for the right licence, to making sure you’re complying with licensing laws.

We work with a wide variety of businesses, organisations, and individuals. Depending on your needs, we’re able to advise on:

Alcohol licences

Our experienced solicitors can help premises owners across a range of venues. We can help you with:

  • Applying for new licences
  • Applying for variations or amendments to existing licences
  • Defending applications against objections in appeal hearings
  • Keeping licences up to date
  • Complying with industry regulations and licensing conditions
  • Objecting to someone else’s licence application
  • Contesting enforcement actions such as fines or revocations.

Betting and gaming licences

We are recognised legal experts in the gambling sector. We can help you with all areas of betting and gaming licensing, including:

  • Remote (online) gambling
  • Personal management licence
  • Land based gambling and premises licence applications
  • Operating licence applications
  • Key event reporting and change of corporate control applications
  • Gambling Commission compliance audits, investigations, and licence reviews
  • Prize competitions, raffles and lotteries
  • Advice on whether a product is regulated and/or is an exempt activity
  • Legal advice to banks, payment processors and social media platforms on gambling related products.

Events licences

  • Outdoor events
  • Festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Film screenings
  • Live music events
  • Theatre shows.

Why choose our licensing solicitors?

Our team consists of legal experts who’ve worked across all areas of licensing. Some of our lawyers have been working in the licensing sector for over 30 years.

We have the knowledge and experience to help you with each aspect of the licensing process. Licensing laws change regularly, and we make sure we stay up to date with every change in the law. This ensures any help or advice we give our clients is in-line with the latest legislation.

After years of working with various regulators and licensing authorities, we can anticipate what they look for in applications and the approaches they take during enforcement proceedings. We’ll help you prepare as thoroughly as possible to ensure the best possible outcome.

We have offices all over the country, meaning you can travel to the most convenient location for specialist advice. Our licensing solicitors can also visit you at your business premises if you prefer.

We advise overseas-based companies of all sizes on the UK remote gambling licensing regime and provide landscape reports for those seeking licences in other jurisdictions working with our extensive network of international gaming lawyers.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

Recent Deals

Camfil AB

Advised the global Swedish based air filtration manufacturer on its acquisition of Bushbury Holdings Ltd

Claremont School

Advised the independent day and boarding school on its sale to International Schools Partnership Ltd

Electronic Data Processing Plc

Advised the software company on its £12m sale to Eagle Bidco 2018 Ltd

Hallam Land Management Limited

£50m sale of land in Bedfordshire to Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – the culmination of 17 years' work with Hallam Land on this project.

CovPress (Grant Thornton)

Advised Grant Thornton on the administration of engineering business CovPress and subsequent sale to Liberty Industries.


Acquisition of the former Hanningtons Estate in Brighton for over £50m from West Register for redevelopment as a new ‘Brighton Lane’.

Honda Motor Europe

Deal to take 70,000 sq. ft. at Reflex, Cain Road, Bracknell - one of the largest Thames Valley office lettings in the past 12 months.

Wells Fargo

£4bn loan book acquisition, one of the largest commercial real estate debt transactions ever.


Landmark deal with Manchester City Council and Allied London to redevelop its 13.5 acre former Granada site.

Engage ESM

Advised Engage ESM on the sale of the business to French-owned Atos SE.

Royal Bank of Scotland

£3m funding package to EMSc, a Sheffield company specialising in manufacturing energy saving devices for a range of clients including the Whitbread Group and Asda.

National outsourcing business

We successfully defended on a substantial multi-party tribunal claim for age discrimination.


We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


"Wise beyond her years and brings heaps of experience to any dispute. She is the go to choice for a tough and no nonsense litigator who will leave no stone unturned in defence of her clients".

Legal 500, 2019

"They are very approachable and good with clients."

Chambers & Partners, 2016

Paul is "experienced, commercial and very sensible" and has "vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations".

Legal 500, 2016

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Awards & Accreditation

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

The Times Best Law Firms 2019
Chambers & Partners 2020 logo
Legal 500 - 2024 Firms to Watch