Help with licensing in the leisure industry

Selling alcohol and providing licensed entertainment are both activities which will add value to your business, however to do either you will first need to obtain a premises licence which meets the needs of your business. The licence will contain the hours that your business can operate and use licensable activities and will include conditions such as an age policy e.g. challenge 25.

"The lawyers are proactive and innovative with quick turnaround times


Putting the correct licence in place

The process of obtaining the correct licence for your business can be onerous. Equally, being subject to a licence review or having your licence revoked can be devastating. Seeking help and advice from an expert alcohol and entertainment licensing solicitor can make the process smoother, less stressful and more efficient than attempting to navigate licensing law yourself which is where we can help.

We offer a complete legal service to licensed businesses operating in the leisure, retail, hospitality and gambling sectors. We work with clients across a range of business sectors including:

Whether you operate a single site business or have several premises, we can offer advice, guidance and take control of any licensing applications.

Our services are not limited to alcohol and entertainment licensing law. We also support our customers with legal advice across a number of other areas including employment, immigration, leases, contract disputes, mergers and acquisitions, refinancing and tax. Through our consulting arm we can also offer services including project management, management consultancy and IT support.

Applying for a licence

"The lawyers are proactive and innovative with quick turnaround times


Licence Protection Plan

Here for when things don’t go to plan

It may not always be plain sailing and you might need someone to protect your Premises Licence. We have successfully defended licencees faced with interim steps hearings, Premises Licence reviews and criminal investigations arising out of breach of licence conditions and other illegal activity on licensed premises.

We deal with the Police, Environmental Health, Licensing Authorities, Trading Standards, The Gambling Commission, Planning Enforcement Officers and HMRC. We attend interviews under caution and represent licencees and Designated Premises Supervisors, prosecuted for a variety of licence related offences. We work with our customers and strive to achieve the best outcome for their individual situation.

Licence reviews and appeals Criminal Defence

Licensing For Business

Ince and your business

Working with Ince is not only about licensing. We provide expert advice to owners, operators, developers, investors, lenders, asset managers and industry associations from within the leisure, hospitality, retail and gambling sectors. We have been closely involved with projects in all areas of the leisure industry and have acted on deals across a large number of jurisdictions. Our experience encompasses a broad range of transactions, from single asset hotel deals, development and resort projects through to multiple asset portfolio transactions.

We regularly advise and negotiate management agreements, leases and franchise agreements, as well as those relating to funding, technical support, facilities outsourcing, brand licensing and non-disturbance arrangements.

We offer advice across a spectrum of leisure businesses, including clubs, food services, gyms, gaming venues, hotels, pubs and restaurants. As a result, our team has developed an in-depth understanding of the motivation that drives industry players and the dynamics affecting the sector.

We act for online and land-based gambling operators, providing advice on setting up new operations and ensuring compliance with rules. Our lawyers are internationally recognised experts in gaming law. We conduct anti-money laundering investigations and have been appointed by a regulator to undertake a skilled persons report.

Key areas:

Employment and immigration
Our employment law and immigration team are committed to providing clear and effective advice on complex legal issues in a continuously evolving and changing legal environment. We can help with contracts, dismissals, redundancies, tribunals, court proceedings and more

Real Estate:

We offer advice on a wide range of real estate issues including site assembly, property development, construction and plot sales, freehold and leasehold acquisitions, entry and exit strategy, tax Investment, portfolio management and business occupiers, landlord’s consent to alter.


We understand the need to have strong commercial arrangements. Our team offers practical and cost effective advice on all kinds of commercial matters. We aim to produce pragmatic, sensible and fair contracts that get you where you need to be. We believe that good commercial agreements encourage performance and discourage disputes. However, if a dispute should arise it’s important to feel confident that the agreement provides protection.

Trade Marks:

Those years during which you focussed on delivering high standards of service and value to customers are paying dividends. Your brand is now recognised for this and you don’t want others dining out on this for free by pretending to be you. We provide a range of services from clearance of brands, filing and prosecution of trademarks, design, copyright and designs worldwide, policing of IP portfolios, advising on trade mark, domain name and company name enforcement matters, developing international brand strategies, tactical applications and portfolio management.


Within our group is an FCA authorised corporate finance and funding introducer, James Stocks & Co. Since opening for business in 2015, James Stocks and Co. has raised over $800m for clients. The sectors in which it is active include real estate (including licensed premises), infrastructure and gaming. The leadership team of James stocks & Co has a combined experience in corporate finance of over 80 years.