The ability to sell alcoholic beverages is a necessity for a wide range of businesses. It can also be a valuable asset for other organisations that may or may not consider themselves businesses, such as community venues or members clubs. However, the sale or provision of alcohol is also a licensed activity, and falling foul of licensing laws can have serious ramifications.

There are a number of different kinds of license that might need to be obtained before providing alcohol to the public, depending on the situation and the nature of the business or organisation in question. As an experienced alcohol licensing barrister, I can advise you on the most appropriate licence for your premises.

The main types of alcohol licence are:

  • Premises License:These are for businesses and organisations that either sell alcohol or supply alcoholic drinks to patrons. This license is for those who do so on a permanent basis, rather than temporarily for a specific period or event.
  • Personal License: This is essentially a temporary license for businesses, organisations or individuals who only want to supply alcohol for a limited time. Most commonly, it is used for one-off or limited-time events that include the supply or sale of alcohol in a location where this is not routinely done.
  • Temporary Event Notice: This is practically similar to a premises license, but tied to an individual instead of to the premises. It is for any individual who wishes either to supply alcohol on a regular, permanent basis or to authorise the sale of alcoholic drinks. It is essential for the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) to be a Personal licence Holder.
  • Club Premises Certificate: This is essentially a specialised form of the premises license. It is reserved for premises belonging to certain members clubs including working men’s clubs, organisations like the Royal British Legion, or some sports clubs.
Your Alcohol Licensing Barrister

If you are having trouble navigating the legal issues and requirements surrounding licensing for the supply of alcohol, I can help. In addition to my reputable experience as a Barrister, I am able to conduct litigation in a similar manner to an alcohol solicitor and I can help you with any difficulties you may be experiencing with your existing licence or in a licence you may be applying for.

I specialise in review hearings and appeals against decisions of the licensing sub-committee. If you have encountered problems with licensing law, once again I can help. Whether you have been found to be supplying alcohol without the necessary license or have been accused of stepping outside the terms of your license, my alcohol licensing service can provide you with professional and reliable legal advice and representation.

Like most alcohol licensing lawyers, I can help you understand and deal with the issues and legal processes you will face, as well as providing an effective and expert defence, whether the alleged breaches have amounted to criminal prosecutions or a review of the licence.

For more information on the benefits of working with an alcohol licensing barrister or to find out how I can help you as your alcohol licensing lawyer, please contact my clerk and ask for Stuart Jessop on 0207 797 8408 or


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Court Rules that Premises was not an HMO

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a landlord in a prosecution by the London Borough of Camden under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004, alleging that the property was a house in multiple occupation, requiring to be licensed under part 2 of the Act but which...

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I met Stuart when I was on the opposing side in a recent licensing appeal. Since that time Woods Whur have instructed him in matters, in the most recent of which he won and had costs awarded in our client's favour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Mr. P Whur, London

Mr Jessop is excellent at identifying the issue, asking relevant questions and setting out the way forward. He is friendly & approachable at all times and puts clients at ease. He elicits and analyses the evidence and advises clients clearly on the prospects of success. We recommend Mr Jessop to clients without hesitation.

Mr. G Hopkins, London

It’s not often you meet someone as tenacious as Mr Jessop. He is committed, efficient and persuasive and possess all of the qualities you could wish for from your lawyer. He is positive where others are negative, he shows dogged determination to deliver the right result for his client. I have no hesitation in recommending him - top class.

Mr. D Rogers, London

Stuart Jessop, counsel, has covered a number of difficult Licensing applications through Sanders Solicitors, including Hearings before Licensing Committees and Appeal Hearings in the Magistrates' Court. Clients have always been complementary of Mr. Jessop's advocacy and advice. He easily grasps the issues at hand and is readily forthcoming with advice on LW, Practice and Procedure.

Mr. C Turner, London

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