Supermarkets & Off-Licences

Supermarkets & Off-Licences

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.

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.
  • Successfully appealing a decision to revoke a premises licence made after a licence review. Our client, a shopkeeper, had been accused of selling non-duty paid cigarettes and alcohol.
  • 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.