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Wake Smith Solicitors provide a full range of licensing legal services to ensure that your business premises are running safely and in accordance with legal regulations.

We have a detailed understanding of the UK licensing laws and offer pragmatic and commercial licensing advice to allow you to maximise the effectiveness and profitability of your business.

We advise both private and public sector clients, ranging from owner-operators to public limited companies and deal with applications regarding specific on premise activities, entertainment and alcohol licences.

Wake Smith also works closely with Local Licensing Authorities as well as health and safety, trading standards and other authorities in the UK.

Licences are required by pubs, nightclubs, bookmakers, hotels, restaurants, brewers, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, filling stations, convenience stores and landlords.

Wake Smith can offer you a full service across a wide range of licensing law issues, whether you are a public sector organisation, a private operator, an interested party or an educational establishment.

We recognise that UK licensing law is constantly changing, making the entertainment and leisure industry a challenging environment for both existing operators and new enterprises.

We can advise you on all aspects of the Licensing Act 2003, including:

  • Applications for a new premises licence (formerly known as "liquor licences" under the previous regime) for the sale of alcohol and/or other regulated entertainment
  • Advice on the licensing objectives and mandatory or appropriate conditions
  • Variation applications amending an existing premises licence
  • Transfer applications to transfer an existing premises licence
  • Applications for temporary event notices
  • General advice on the offences under the Licensing Act 2003 (for example: the duties of a designated premises supervisor, the obligations of a licensee and children and alcohol).

Solicitor Suzanne Porter has more than 15 years legal experience in licencing issues including advice on personal and premises.

Licensing Team

Suzanne Porter

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Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sheffield Head Office - City Centre
No1 Velocity
2 Tenter Street
S1 4BY
Tel: 0114 266 6660
Fax: 0114 267 1253
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DX: 10534 Sheffield 1


Car park

There is a large public carpark operated by NCP underneath our office building, the entrance to which is located on Solly St.

Disabled Facilities

If you have any special requirements relating to accessibility or disabled facilities please contact John Liversidge on 0114 224 2075 or at john.liversidge@wake-smith.com