The implementation of both the Gambling Act 2005 and the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 has been a challenge for businesses of all sizes. We have worked with hundreds of clients throughout transition and guided them through the new legal environment. Thousands of applications have been submitted, with follow up appearances at the licensing boards all over Scotland.
Our licensing law team is highly respected in the world of licensing and we work closely with clerks to the licensing boards, other firms of solicitors and Council support teams to ensure that our client’s aims are achieved. We are recognised for testing legal boundaries, exploring different routes and being innovative. We live and breathe gambling and licensing law in Scotland. We are interested in proposed legislation and economic activity which impacts on the Hospitality and Leisure industry and we want to keep you ahead of the game. How do we do that? By communicating with our clients and by making sure we are abreast of the latest changes.
Our licensing team are top tier ranked in The Legal 500 2012 and Chambers UK 2013 and our team includes several of the leading Scottish licensing advisors including Consultant John Batters and Caroline Loudon who have both carved their own considerable reputations in this field in recent years.
Director Caroline Loudon sits on the Committee for the Law Society of Scotland and is regularly quoted in the trade and legal press.
In practical terms, we are right in the middle of things- whether that is giving evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, attending cross party meetings or simply going to a client business for dinner.
Our client list is enviable. We work with clients who are retail chains, hotels, casinos, bingo, clubs, restaurants. They can be small family businesses to large multi-national chains. We aim to excel and the service level you can expect from us is second to none. We can take you from the very start of an idea right through to the opening night.
Our specialist advice covers areas such as:
- split premises licensing
- new premises licensing
- betting offices
- adult gaming centres
- family entertainment centres
- 24-hour operating
- Specific gaming permits
- Advice on new projects
- new grants of premises licence
- variations of existing premises licences
- transfers of premises licence
- personal licensing
- contractual wording
- late hours catering licences
- table and chairs permissions
- public entertainment licensing
- taxis licensing
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The work of Lindsays’ licensing team is complemented by that of other teams. As a full-service firm, we handle many other issues for our licensing clients, such as property, franchising, and employment issues. This wider expertise, combined with our licensing expertise, means we have long-standing relations with many clients in this area.
Latest service news & features
17 April 2013
Glasgow City Council has launched a consultation on the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to gather views for policy development on overprovision.