Supermarkets & Off-Licences

Supermarkets & Off-Licences
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Licensing lawyers for supermarkets and off-licences

We regularly act for clients who run large chains of supermarkets or small independent off-licences and have the experience necessary to help them with any licensing issues they face.

In order to sell alcohol in your shop you must first secure a Premises Licence from the relevant licensing authority. Furthermore, you will need at least one Personal Licence holder, who will be the named Designated Premises Supervisor on your Premises Licence.

If you plan to advertise outside your shop, such as with signs or A-boards you will need advertising consent. In addition, if you plan to make any changes to your shop such as to the layout, or opening times, you may need to apply to vary your existing licence.

Supermarkets and off-licences are well regulated, particularly in relation to the sale of alcohol. A shopkeeper may be prosecuted for selling alcohol or cigarettes to a customer who is under 18, even if they had no suspicion that this was the case. If problems do arise, we have a strong background in defending our clients in criminal proceedings and premises licence reviews. We similarly work with our clients to appeal the decisions of licensing committees with a proven record of success.

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 business.

We have worked with various licensing authorities over the years, both in and outside of London, 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.

Examples of our current and previous work includes:

  • Acting regularly for Midcounties Co-op in varying a series of premises licences when stores are refurbished or where they wish to change the hours they carry out licencable activities.
  • Acting for a co-op chain in successfully applying for a number of new premises licences following a number of acquisitions by the co-op operator.
  • Acting regularly to help supermarket chains secure personal licences for their employees.
  • Providing training on licensing law and assisting a supermarket chain with its due diligence procedures.
  • Acting for licence holders and individuals facing interviews under caution for sales of alcohol to persons under 18.
  • Acting for a shopkeeper who faced 23 charges under the Licensing Act 2003. The shopkeeper was acquitted of all charges.
  • Acting for various off-licence owners who had their premises licences reviewed, having been caught in possession of non-duty paid tobacco and alcohol.
  • Successfully appealing a decision by Islington Council to refuse a new off-licence application within the council’s cumulative impact zone on Seven Sisters Road.