We have expertise in advising clients across the leisure and licensed sector on a wide range of legal matters.
Our team works closely with pub, bar, restaurant and other outlets to obtain all the necessary licences required to trade and to deal with any objections raised by third parties. We also help clients to alter the premises licence if the hours or activities are changing or the layout is being amended and to transfer the licence on sale of a business.
The team has additional expertise in advising clients on how to obtain a licence to bet or gamble (whether it be from a betting shop or arcade on foot of an amusement permit) and work with the local authorities as appropriate.
Once licensed, it is important to ensure the appropriate regulations are followed and MKB Law has vast experience in advising clients around the statutory and regulatory framework connected to Liquor Licensing and gaming.
Liquor Licence: The liquor licence application process in Northern Ireland can be difficult. Applications must be made through your local county court not through local government as done in the rest of the UK. Your application will be accepted if you meet certain criteria and having been accepted can be valid for up to five years. You will need the help of a licencing solicitor if going through a liquor licencing application as the process can be quite involved.
Entertainment Licence: An entertainment licence is required to show that your premises maintains high standards of management and has sufficient procedures in place for the management of fires and other safety risks.
Amusement Permits: Changes have been made to the requirements in relation to amusement permits in Northern Ireland. Our solicitors can advise as to the process for making amusement permit applications and explain the current legislative requirements.
Gambling Laws: Gambling laws apply to a host of different organisations including bingo clubs, betting shops, or any outlets that operate lotteries, draws or skill competitions. The provisions are set out in the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements Order (Northern Ireland) 1985.
Property: We work closely with our property team as many of our clients require expertise in both these disciplines. Our property practice has extensive experience of working on leisure related developments, be they conversions of existing units or new build premises.