Licensing lawyers for festivals and outdoor events
Outdoor events and festivals are a great place for friends to connect and socialise, hopefully while enjoying some nice weather! However, organising large crowds with little to no permanent infrastructure can prove to be a tough task, even before taking into account legal considerations.
Our experienced team of experts can take away the stress out of the legal side of things, by helping you navigate the tricky regulatory landscape and providing support and advice to ensure your event is a success.
For small events of less than 500 people, it is usually possible to go ahead with a Temporary Event Notice, however larger events will probably require a Premises Licence. While the consultation period for a Premises Licence is only four weeks, often with large scale events there will be the culmination of protracted discussions and negotiations with the licensing authority, police and other relevant stakeholders, meaning it is important to leave plenty of time to obtain the licence.
Why choose us
Our team of experts have extensive knowledge of the sector and can offer realistic and effective advice and work with you to achieve your objectives. We can work with you to make sure you have the correct licences in place for your event.
We have worked with various licensing authorities over the years and the benefit of our experience, enables us to anticipate the likely approach of these authorities and to prepare applications, as far as possible, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Time and consideration will need to be given to issues of noise nuisance, transportation, crowd management, and combatting anti-social behaviour. We have extensive knowledge on this subject and can help you plan in advance so that your event runs smoothly.
Where things go wrong, we have a strong background in successfully representing clients who have been subject to licence reviews and criminal proceedings in connection with their licence. We also have extensive experience in supporting our clients to appeal the decisions of licensing committees.
Examples of our current and previous work includes:
- Acting for an open-air theatre in London in an application to vary its licence for additional hours, which was granted.
- Obtaining a premises licence for Blenheim Place permitting the holding of events for 20,000 people.
- Acting for a music festival organiser in securing a new premises licence.
- Advising a national opera on licensing law.
- Successfully obtaining a premises licence for a pre-eminent London bar at the Henley Royal Regatta.
- Obtaining a new outdoor space premises licence for the London School of Economics.
- Obtaining a premises licence for Manuka’s pop-up bar on Worthing seafront
- Acting for H10 hotel group in securing a variation to a premises licence in altering the capacity and operating hours of a rooftop terrace area.
- Obtaining a new premises licence for Clothkits which included a large open plan courtyard.