FEE INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
• Our team has over 70 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to licensing applications with the founding partners Andrew Woods and Paddy Whur having 25 years’ experience themselves.
• The Licensing team consists of Andrew Woods and Paddy Whur who are supported by Paul Holland, Leigh Schelvis and Sarah Frow who are qualified solicitors. Carole Collingwood who has over 25 years’ experience and is our office manager as well as Amy Hayward, Emma Holmes and Sarah Griffiths who work in our admin department.
• Woods Whur is ranked number 1 in the North East by Chambers and Legal 500, Andrew Woods and Paddy Whur are ranked number 1 individuals and in 2017 Woods Whur won the Yorkshire Legal Award for niche firm of the year.
• We are required to provide price information to businesses in relation to applying for new premises licences or variations to allow these premises to be used for one or more licensable activities. This means applications for premises licences under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 and applications to vary a premises licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.
• We will in all cases agree fees with you prior to undertaking any work and the fees will be set out in a client care letter which we will ask you to approve. In some cases the fees will be a fixed fee and in other cases the fees will be an hourly rate and we will always specify whether these fees include VAT. There will always be application fees to pay to the local authority for either application as well as fees to advertise the applications in a local newspaper. Where possible we will give you as clear an indication as we can as to those fees. In summary we will confirm to you our fees, the application fee payable to the local authority, an indication of the fee payable to newspapers to advertise the application and VAT. We will also indicate whether our fees are fixed fees or hourly rates, and if hourly rates, we will give you an indication as to the expected charges. In most cases we will give you a fixed fee.
• The fees that we will charge will depend on whether the application will be a simple application, an application of medium complexity or an application of high complexity. The factors which will determine whether your application is likely to be a simple one or medium or high includes: whether or not the application relates to premises in a cumulative impact policy area; the type and size of the premises; whether the area is a residential area; whether our firm has experience of applications in the area. These factors will determine what type of application is being submitted.
• We set out below a guide to our fees. The guide below does not include VAT, does not include the application fee payable to the local authority and does not include the advert fee payable to the local newspaper.
• The fee does include the following:
– Taking instructions
– Advising on promoting the licensing objectives and completing the application form
– Advising on plans
– Completing and submitting the application
– Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities
– Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application
Please note that additional costs on top of those stated above will be incurred for any work undertaken after the submission of the application which may include some of the following:
– Liaison with the responsible authorities over queries or representations
– Liaison with the local authority or residents with regard to queries or representations
– Attending any meetings with other parties
– Preparing for and attending any hearing
We will endeavour to give you an indication of these additional costs in our client care letter but some of these additional costs will not be known until the application is submitted.
Please note the following points:
VAT will always be payable on legal fees.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as the application fee and the newspaper fee. We will always require these disbursements to be paid up front. These fees do vary depending on the rateable value of the premises and the cost of the newspaper advertisement.
The legal fees quoted do not include:
– Obtaining suitable plans
– Attending pre-consultation meetings with the licensing authority or responsible authorities (unless agreed with you)
– Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
– Advising on varying the licence
– Attendance and representation at a Licensing Sub-Committee.
Please note that applications usually have a 28 day consultation period during which representations can be made. The 28 day consultation period starts after the application is submitted. If there are no objections or representations then the application is deemed granted after the 28 day period. If there are representations then the matter will be referred to a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing unless agreement is reached.
Simple application – £500 – £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements
Medium application – £1,500 – £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements
Complex application – £2,500 – £5,000 plus VAT and disbursements