Licensing applications for business premises (new applications or varying existing licenses)


In general, legal fees are charged on an hourly basis at the rates set out below and which appear in our Litigation Department’s terms and conditions. The rates are updated in February each year.


Legal fees for acting on your behalf: £900.00 – £3,000.00 + vat



Hourly rates


Partners with over 8 years’ experience                          £280.00 + VAT


Solicitors/Legal Executives with

over 8 years’ experience                                               £265.00 + VAT


Solicitors/Legal Executives with

over 4 years’ experience                                               £250.00 + VAT


Other fee earners                                                             £195.00 + VAT


Trainee Solicitor/Paralegal, Grade D fee earner           £121.00 + VAT



(Rates effective as at 01 February 2018)


These rates may be revised in urgent or unusually complex matters. An uplift for weekend, Bank

Holiday and late night working may apply. You will receive notification of all such changes prior

to any work being commenced. If the firm has to incur additional wages and expenses for our

support staff having to work overtime in order to service such work then we reserve the right to

include such wages and expenses as a separate item on any invoice delivered to you.


The firm may call upon other partners, solicitors, trainees and clerks to assist the Legal

Representative in the conduct of your matter.



Generally we would expect a licensing application to take 1 to 3 months.




Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the licence fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.


Licence fee


The licence fee is charged based on the rateable value of the property and ranges from £100.00 to £1,905.00, subject to change.


Other Disbursements


If any other disbursements are required they will be advised before they are incurred.