Alderson Law

Licensing Pricing

Licensing Pricing

We provide licensing services including applications for new premises licences and variations of existing licences under the Licensing Act 2003.

We offer services based on both fixed fees and fees charged on an hourly rate. The fee structure applying to your case will depend upon the work you require us to carry out and the circumstances involved. Licensing applications can vary considerably in complexity usually classed as simple, medium or high complexity. This may depend on factors such as to whether an application is either for a full licence or for a variation and whether it is granted without any representations or objections. Some representations or objections may be withdrawn during the application process or it may be necessary to go to a hearing before a licensing committee. Factors affecting complexity may include whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises, or whether it is in a residential area. High complexity applications may also include large scale public events.


Simple application granted without representations/objections
This may involve the following work – taking instructions, advising on how the licensing objectives can be promoted within a premises licence application, advising on the type of plans required to accompany an application, completing and submitting the application, disclosing the application to the responsible authorities, making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application, preparation and submission of the licence application. Dealing with local authority and advising on progress and issue of the licence documentation

Estimated costs £1200 plus VAT (£1440 inc VAT).

Application subject to representations/objections

This may involve all of the above work plus advice on preparation for and representation (if required) at a hearing before a licensing committee which could last up to one day. The fees involved will depend upon each individual case and the complexity of the issues involved.

Estimated costs range from £2500 to £5000 (£3000 to £6000 inc VAT).

The above fees are intended to be provided as a guide only and are based upon the usual procedures applying for a routine licensing application. They do not include any specific pre-application advice, dealing with or advising in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties, advising on varying the licence, site visits, travel time, fees for preparing or reviewing prepared plans/experts reports or licensing qualifications or Counsels fees.
Additional disbursements will apply as detailed below and as regards the application fees and for the placing of the required advertising notice.

We will endeavour to give you the best indication we can of the likely fees to be incurred from the outset of the case however these may very depending on the complexity, progress and issues in the case. Where possible revised costs estimates will be given at the earliest opportunity.

Licensing work is carried out by the Partners in our practice. The currently hourly rate charged is £220 per hour plus vat (£264 inc VAT).


a} Statutory Licensing Application fees – These depend on the premises for which the licence/variation is sought and are charged in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005. These range from £100 to £635 (£120 to  £762 inc VAT) and relate to the non-domestic rateable value for the premises. Additional charges apply to certain premises where they are used exclusively or primarily for the sale of alcohol and where capacity exceeds 5000 persons.
b) Advertising of statutory notices in local publications fees – These depend on the notice wording and in which publication they are to appear. There is no fixed price or fees for these.

How Long with the Process Take?

It is difficult to provide a precise timescale. After submission of the application for the licence or variation there will be a 28 day consultation period. During this period the application must be advertised in a local newspaper and on the premises by a statutory notice. At the end of the consultation period if there are no representations or objections then the application will be assumed granted. If representations/objections are received then the application will proceed to a hearing which should take place within 20 working days. If the representations/objections are withdrawn for example by an agreement being reached with the applicant and the other party involved then the hearing may no longer be required and the licence granted.

Who will be handling my Case?

Most of our licensing cases are dealt with by Tracey Murray who is a Solicitor and Partner in the Firm. Tracey is a Graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has been qualified as a Solicitor since 1997.

Contact Us

Telephone Blyth:

01670 352293

Telephone Morpeth:

01670 519714

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Alderson Law LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under company number OC307338.
Registered office: Pethgate House, Castle Square, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1YL

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Mary was born and has lived all her life in the North East of England. Her first interest was science and she originally studied Biomedical Science at Northumbria and worked in the scientific research field and the NHS, before studying part time, again at Northumbria University, to obtain her degree in Law. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career covering many different areas of law, before specialising in Children Law, which she has done almost exclusively for the past 5 years.

Mary loves reading and history and at a weekend can often be found at one of the many historical sites the North East has to offer and has even been known to play video games when she can find the time.

Chris was originally a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives from 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

He has over 25 years experience in private client work comprising Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and other Court of Protection Work such as Deputyship applications. Chris has been a Partner in several firms in the North East, being Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

He brings a wealth of experience to his role and works closely with clients, providing them with a service tailored to their needs

Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East in 2012 to study at Northumbria University undertaking the M Law Exempting (BPTC) course (the only undergraduate course in England and Wales which incorporates the Bar Professional Training Course), graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm, before moving to another firm to work as a Family Law Paralegal.

In 2018 she joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal and before qualifying as a Solicitor within the Family Law Department based at our Morpeth office. Jasmine represents clients in a wide range of matters including; divorce and matrimonial finance, disputes regarding the arrangements for children as well as parents who are subject to Local Authority involvement both before and during Court proceedings.

In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach, going to the gym, watching live music and looking after her pet rabbit.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Alderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family and practising Tai Chi and Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blyth offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.