If you own, operate or work within licensed premises, it’s very important that you understand your rights, responsibilities, obligations and liabilities under the Licensing Act. Failure to comply with the conditions of your licence or a failure to promote the licensing objectives can result in a licence being revoked, but it can also result in a criminal prosecution.
Part seven of the Licensing Act 2003 sets out the criminal offences that can be prosecuted through the courts by the Police or the licensing authority. Some of those offences are set out below.
Section 136 – unauthorised licensable activities.
Section 137 – exposing alcohol for unauthorised sales
Section 138 – keeping alcohol on the premises for unauthorised sales
Section 140 – allowing disorderly conduct on licenced premises
Section 141 – sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk
section 145 – unaccompanied children prohibited from certain premises
section 146 – sale of alcohol to children
section 147 – allowing the sale of alcohol to children
section 147A – persistently selling alcohol to children
section 149 – purchase of alcohol by or on behalf of children
section 150 – consumption of alcohol by children
section 151 – delivering alcohol to children
section 153 – prohibition of unsupervised sales by children
Many of these offences are punishable by way of unlimited fines.
How we can help with your Licensing Issues
All of the Licensing team at T V Edwards are also experts in defending criminal prosecutions. If you simply wanted advice on your own liabilities in law or if you were unfortunate enough to face a prosecution, you could not be in better hands.
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Every case is different, and our charges will depend on the complexity of the matter, how much time we spend on the case and the seniority of the lawyers engaged. We always give very clear estimates of costs once we know more about your case. In some cases, we can offer you a single fixed fee which covers all of the costs in the case. Contact us today for a no obligation discussion.