At Ellisons our solicitors help their clients to negotiate the obstacles encountered in new or existing licenses and associated leases and premises.

In particular we can advise you if:

  • You are thinking of taking a lease from a brewer or pub company
  • You are applying for a licence for a new public house, restaurant or club
  • You are thinking of applying for a licence to sell alcohol from your shop or premises
  • You need an occasional licence
  • You need guidance on EU legislation and breweries' attitudes to beer ties and supply agreements
  • You have a dispute under the licensing laws
  • You are selling or buying a licensed business as a going concern

The team acts for a diverse collection of clients, including sports grounds, arcades, betting shops, leisure parks and wedding venues. It has recently acted for noteworthy local establishments such as East Mersea Hall and Kesgrave Hall. The team works closely with the firm's commercial property department, especially Planning.

The team is headed by Ian Seeley. Ian Seeley is a licensing and regulatory solicitor with 20 years’ experience.  Ian previously worked in the public sector as an in-house police solicitor and for a local authority.  In both roles, Ian was heavily involved in licensing matters, including:

  • Objecting to new licensed premises on the grounds of alcohol-related crime & disorder and overcapacity;
  • Applications to revoke liquor licences in cases of alcohol-related crime & disorder;
  • Temporary closure of licensed premises in anticipation of football-related violence;
  • Steering a local authority’s licensing department and councillors through the Licensing Act 2003 transition period;
  • Representing a local authority in defending the authority’s decision to revoke the Premises Licence of a large nightclub.

Since joining the private sector, Ian has regularly represented premises licence holders and applicants in applications for fresh licences, variations and premises licence review hearings, including in front of licensing committees throughout East Anglia.  Ian specialises in representing applicants facing multiple local resident objections.

Ian is also a very experienced taxi and private hire licensing solicitor and has represented drivers and operators before licensing committees on numerous matters.


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