This area of activity is now regulated by The Licensing Act 2003 which, along with its associated regulations and prescribed forms, can be difficult to navigate. Missing a step or notification will result in delay and expense, neither of which are welcome.

If you are setting up or amending a Premises Licence, or making application for a Personal Licence then we have the expertise to assist you. We can also appear before the Licensing Committee and, where necessary, conduct appeals on your behalf before the Magistrates Court.

We have prepared an example showing our likely costs – and the expenses that you will be asked to meet – if you ask us to help you with an application for a Premises Licence. We hope that you will find it helpful. Please click here to open the link.

Alcohol Licensing

Alcohol Licensing Team

Mark Butson


Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has been a partner since 1990. He is now our senior partner.

He has expertise in the preparation of wills, and has considerable experience in the administration of estates, deeds of family arrangement and related inheritance tax issues. He can provide advice where there is no will, and also where a will becomes contested.

He regularly advises upon the creation and tailoring of Lasting Powers of Attorney, and in relation to Court of Protection applications where the person concerned no longer has the ability to manage their own affairs.

Mark advises in all aspects of conveyancing (both commercial and residential), including development and with commercial landlord & tenant transactions. He has experience of dealing with contested issues before the First-tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber, and in relation to boundary and rights disputes concerning property and ownership claims – including those by adverse possession.

He also regularly assists small businesses in the practical resolution of employment issues.

Tel: 01289 301284