Our expert team supports clients and businesses with issues involving alcohol, betting and gaming licences.
Getting and keeping the right licence is vital to many businesses. Whether you’re starting a new operation or need help with an existing licensed business, we can advise and support you through the entire licensing process.
At Carson McDowell, we can assist you with all your licensing challenges. The services we offer range from obtaining restaurant, hotel and pub liquor licences to securing the grant of protection orders and transfer orders for pubs and hotels.
We act on behalf of established pubs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, retailers and retail groups in the grant and renewal of licences. In addition to applying for provisional and final grant licences, we also advise in respect of transfers, sales and purchases, objections, occasional licences and club licences.
We provide legal advice to clients from multiple jurisdictions on all aspects of Gaming and Betting Law in Northern Ireland. If you are intending to run a gambling business for profit such as a betting shop, a gaming machine arcade or a casino you must hold an operating licence.
We are aware of the many requirements imposed on the betting industry and understand that compliance with the statutory requirement of the Gambling Act 2005 and the requirements of the Gambling Commission and Local Authority Licensing can be onerous. We are here to help you navigate the gambling landscape and regulatory matters.
We work closely with clients on gaming, gaming machine permits, prize gaming, lotteries and competitions, to help their businesses remain compliant and obtain the correct licences to operate.
We are an advocate of our hospitality industry. After years of working with various regulators and licensing authorities, we can anticipate what they look for in licence applications and the approaches they take during enforcement proceedings. We help clients prepare as thoroughly as possible to ensure that their business is running legally and safely.
Obtaining Restaurant, Hotel and Pub Liquor Licences
Dealing with Liquor Licence Matters Arising from the Administration Sale of Companies that Own Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants
Application for Protection Orders and Transfers Orders in Relation to Pubs, Hotels, Off-Sales and other Licensed Premises
Obtaining Provisional and Final Grant of New Licences
Transfers, Sales and Purchases, Objections.
Obtaining Court Orders for Alterations
Objection of Licence Applications
Renewal of Licences
Applications for Ancillary Additions to Licences
Drafting Bespoke Terms and Conditions for Lotteries and Competitions Being Run in Northern Ireland
Provision of Regular Updates to Clients Regarding Proposed Changes to the Law
If you have a licensing query or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.
Advised JD Wetherspoon Plc in relation to its existing Northern Ireland portfolio and its new acquisitions.
Acted in the sale of five public houses for JD Wetherspoon and are currently advising in respect of two high profile sites in Belfast.
We have successfully advised a number of local, national and international players in relation to the laws on betting and gaming in Northern Ireland.
We are the trusted adviser for Revolution Bars Group and Hilton Group in Northern Ireland.
We recently obtained a new liquor licence for a hotel on behalf of Belfast Harbour Commissioners forming part of an exciting redevelopment project.
We represent and advise David Lloyd Leisure Limited in relation to their Northern Ireland presence.
Acted for Ulster University, Stranmillis University College, South Eastern Regional College, Belfast Metropolitan College and Mid-Ulster District Council offering advice on all of their licensing requirements.
Acted in the defence of one of the world’s largest gaming companies in proceedings involving the enforceability of wagers and the legality of the company’s terms and conditions.
— The Legal 500
“A busy practice which is able to provide first-class service to clients.”