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What is involved?

We understand that licensing legislation can hinder your profitable business and pose many operational challenges. That’s where our legal services can help you navigate the relevant rules and regulations. Whether you’re a potential defendant or an enforcing authority, our expertise in regulatory law will help you to protect your reputation.

We can help you with a wide range of regulatory matters such as licence applications, licence review hearings, closure orders. Our solicitors regularly appear before Licensing Committees and Magistrates Courts nationwide. Or you may need advice with an investigation or prosecution regarding Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Noise Nuisance, Food Safety or Fire Safety which all affect licensed premises. Our specialist team has experience of both sides of enforcement – helping defendant companies and investigating authorities.

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Why choose Freeths?

  • We are accredited members of BIIAB and can provide you with approved licensing qualifications
  • Our team of licensing solicitors are nationally recognised for their expertise in regulatory law
  • We are ranked by The Legal 500 guide as “Leaders in their Field” and are praised by Chambers & Partners
  • You can expect us to give you practical, accurate advice that is clear and easy to understand
  • We are experienced in helping a variety of clients such as supermarkets, bars, restaurants councils and universities

Whatever the style of your operation, our expertise in a wide range of sectors gives us a firm grasp of regulatory knowledge. We can even represent you at PACE interviews and in Magistrates Courts appeals and hearings.

We also help with staff training, providing accredited BIIAB licensing training to help your business avoid any pitfalls. If you would like to work with us too, we look forward to speaking to you.


  • Aldi Stores Limited
  • Derby City Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Ed’s Easy Diner
  • Carlsberg
  • Aston University
  • Butcombe Brewery
  • Davys Wine Bars
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Modern British Canteen
  • Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars

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Meet the team

Licensing Lawyers

Lisa Gilligan

Lisa Gilligan

0345 272 5723

Barry Richards

Barry Richards
Senior Associate

0345 126 4374

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"The team are extremely professional yet friendly and personable to deal with. Their advice and expertise is always sound and their strategies extremely effective. They’re excellent at getting local authorities on side which is extremely challenging."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"More than most firms we’ve worked with, the team at Freeths are both extremely knowledgeable and at the same time very personable. They’re professional and friendly and take the time to talk through options and discuss opinions. They have also taken the time to properly understand our business and talk specifically about our needs which I find very refreshing."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"The team are extremely professional, responsive and helpful. Their knowledge and level of ability has been an enormous help to us, especially during a transitional period."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Very helpful with queries at any time and always available on the phone."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

One client commented that "The team at Freeths were a pleasure to work with. I worked with an individual on our case but whenever I called into the office the team were friendly and welcoming."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"The team is responsive and flexible and is able to turnaround work promptly and to a high quality."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"Noted for its ‘positive, knowledgeable and passionate approach’, the team at Freeths LLP is traditionally adept in alcohol licensing matters and is increasingly advising on health and safety, trading standards and fire safety matters. Lisa Gilligan, ‘an experienced expert in the field’, helms the practice and is engaged for personal licenses, premises licences and DPS applications. She represents a client base which includes various bars, pubs, supermarkets and leisure businesses."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Acting as legal advisor regularly to Charnwood Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Erewash Borough Council. By acting in this role, Lisa works as an additional advocacy support to the legal teams for licensing and trading standards prosecutions, as well committee hearings.
  • Lisa acts for a national supermarket chain in relation to all licensing matters, including premises licences, personal licences, DPS changes and age-restricted sales. The ambitious growth programme of the organisation requires a pro-active involvement from Lisa, to ensure the efficient running of the licensing administration.
  • Over 17 years licensing experience and has worked for a wide range of clients including pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, nightclubs and off-licences.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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