It is possible for the police, environmental health officers or other responsible authority to require a review of your licence at any time if they feel that the licensing objectives are not being met. Even individuals and residents associations have a right to make representations at any review or closure hearing.
The licensing authority must hold a review hearing and have powers to remove the designated premises supervisor and restrict the activities of your business by restricting opening hours or ultimately revoking the licence.
There are very clear procedures for the service of evidence and representations at these hearings. You may find that without knowing you have missed a deadline for service of documentation which then means you are unable to produce important evidence at your hearing. Cunninghams Draycott Browne can ensure that all evidence necessary to keep your business open is served in the allowed time limits and in the correct format for consideration by the authority.
Cunninghams can also provide representation and advice to any interested party who wishes to make representations at the hearing of a specific licence, or wish to apply for a review of a licence. An interested party can be:
We offer assistance and representation at review hearings and if necessary can represent you at the Magistrates Court if you wish to appeal against any decision of the licensing authority. We can also represent you at the Crown Court if you wish to appeal the decision of the Magistrates Court.
Certain types of procedure begin life in the Magistrates Court. If a police officer of rank Inspector or above believes there is, or is likely to be disorder or public nuisance in or near a premises and that it is necessary in the interests of public safety, he may order the premises to be closed with immediate effect. The Magistrates Court must be notified and arrange a hearing as soon as practicable. It is important to instruct a solicitor as soon as you are notified of the intention to close your premises as very important decisions can be made very quickly and sometimes in your absence that will have a long term effect upon your business.
Cunninghams Draycott Browne provide a 24 hour help line as we are aware that incidents can occur sometimes at the terminal hours of your licence, at the weekend, late at night or early in the morning. These proceedings are usually expedited and decisions can be made very quickly to close your premises for a period of time or to impose very restrictive conditions on your licence.
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