Representation in hearings
With the public being more aware of their powers than they ever have been and the authorities (particularly the police) being under pressure to be seen to take action we see a lot of routine licensing applications go to hearings in front of a licensing sub-committee.
We are extremely experienced at representing business owners in licensing committee hearings and our success rate for new licences is exceptional.
Although premises licences last for the life of the business, it is possible at any time for an application for a review of the premises licence to be made. A review can result in the loss of the licence and should be treated with the utmost seriousness.
A review application can be made by a responsible authority such as the police or environmental health, councillors or by local residents or businesses who claim that the premises are the cause of problems and not promoting the 4 licensing objectives. Examples might be sales to under age persons, problems with disorder and anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance, or enforcement action relating to sales of high strength lager and cider.
On review, sanctions can include the removal of the Designated Premises Supervisor, suspension of the licence for up to 3 months or revocation of the licence!
Immediate advice should be sought if you are facing a review application or one is threatened. The earlier this is done the better it will be for you and your business. On many occasions working with the authority concerned can help to resolve the issues but quick action is essential.