Alcohol licensing

Specialising in over a decade of knowledge in the hospitality industry

Debbie Bollard, a licensing specialist, is the owner of Hough & Bollard a consultancy providing alcohol licensing services and advice to the hospitality and retail sectors.  With over twelve years’ experience in the alcohol licensing industry, including as a licensing law solicitor. Debbie has extensive experience of dealing with the day-to-day licensing requirements of firms; advising on how to apply for licences successfully and helping to take the strain out of obtaining and maintaining your business licences.

Providing alcohol licensing advice – from pubs, clubs and restaurants to off licences

Debbie Bollard has been acting for clients in the hospitality and retail sectors since the changes to the licensing laws in 2005.  Hough & Bollard works with a variety of clients including pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and retailers.

What is the law on Alchohol Licensing?

Cost-effective, high-quality services for small, independent businesses across the country

Hough & Bollard understands that not all businesses can afford city prices but strive to deliver the same bespoke service for the independent business owners. Hough & Bollard's focus is on achieving a successful outcome for clients; key strengths are pragmatism and hard work to deliver clear, practical and competent alcohol licensing advice and services.

Hough & Bollard's licencing Services, take the complexity out of the alcohol license process

Hough & Bollard offers a unique licensing service to the hospitality and retail sectors, guiding clients through the various application processes. It also provides ongoing support after a licence has been granted including in the unfortunate event that a licence is reviewed or subject to any other enforcement action.  Services include:

  • Premises Licence applications
  • Club Premises Certificate applications
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Permits & Notices for gaming machines in pubs and clubs
  • Personal Licences
  • Advice on enforcement issues

About Alcohol Licensing Law in the UK

The Licensing Act 2003 is the keystone of the alcohol licensing laws in the England and Wales and regulates the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment creating a single licence issued by the local authorities.  Any business that offers the sale or supply of alcohol, and the provision of regulated entertainment or late night refreshments in England and Wales will need to hold an appropriate Licence or Permit. Without the correct authorisation, any business offering the sale or supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment or late night refreshments may be committing a criminal offence which can result in prosecution.  

Applying for a Premises Licence

  • Licences for pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants
  • Off licence for retail
  • Club certificate for members clubs
  • Issued by local authorities
  • Approximately one month to issue

Getting a Premises Licence is not necessarily straight forward, particularly where licensing authorities have identified local concerns and risks to the licensing objectives.  Errors in the preparation of an application can lead to long delays if the application is rejected or referred to a Licensing Committee hearing.  In some cases the result can be that a licence is granted but with conditions attached that prevent the business operating effectively. Hough & Bollard understand the pressures of a business and the effects of delays in opening or while rent, rates and wages still have to be paid, or conditions that. We also understand the devastating effect that onerous conditions can have on the profitability of a business.

Hough & Bollard will guide you through the process of applying to your local authority for a Premises Licence to serve alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshments.  If you decide that you want to change the layout or your opening hours we can help you apply to vary the Premises Licence too.

Temporary Events Notices

If you only want a temporary events notice so you can for example serve alcohol on a one-off occasion we will guide you through the process.

Designated Premises Supervisors and Personal Licences

A Premises Licence can be held by an individual or a business but someone will need to be the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).  This person is responsible for the sale of alcohol on site and will have to hold a Personal Licence.  We offer advice and guidance on how to get a Personal Licence.

Why work with Hough & Bollard?

Gaming machines and gambling

There are restrictions on the number and type of gaming machines you can automatically have with a Premises Licence.  We can help you to increase the number and also advise you on what other forms of gambling you can offer in your premises without breaking the law.

 Enforcement Action

Local authority enforcement and the police can make site inspections and carry out age verification testing.  If your business is not fully compliant, they can start regulatory action that may result in the Premises Licence being reviewed and ultimately revoked.

Providing alcohol licensing advice – from pubs, clubs and restaurants to off licences

Debbie Bollard has been acting for clients in the hospitality and retail sectors since the changes to the licensing laws in 2005.  Hough & Bollard works with a variety of clients including pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and retailers.

Cost-effective, high-quality services for small, independent businesses across the country

Hough & Bollard understands that not all businesses can afford city prices but strive to deliver the same bespoke service for independent business owners. Hough & Bollard's focus is on achieving a successful outcome for clients; key strengths are pragmatism and hard work to deliver clear, practical and competent alcohol licensing advice and services.

Darren Wyld & Sean Tee

“We have used Debbie Hough Bollard on numerous occasions as she is very knowledgeable of the gaming industry. We have also recommended her services as a consultant to other operators as we are very confident of her professionalism and communications and know from experience that she will put 100% into every job.”

Premier Gaming Limited

Jonathon Crystal

"Obtaining my operator's licence was made so much easier with Debbie's expertise and guidance. I found I received a very swift, professional and friendly service for a very fair and realistic fee. I would highly recommend Debbie"

BMJ Supplies LTD

Sofia Baguely

"Debbie gave me advice on alcohol licensing, and she was very prompt with her reply and very professional and helpful. I would highly recommend Debbie, and she left an excellent impression on me with her approachable yet very professional attitude. Thanks again, Debbie!!"

Sofia's Columbian Kitchen

Steve Ledger

"I would not hesitate to use your services again in the future and would, and I will highly recommend your services to my business colleagues."

Finance Director Retail Associates Limited

Richard Monk

"One of the only specialists in this complex field giving advice you can depend on"

Aztec Coin Equipment Ltd

Viren Nathwani

Debbie has assisted us over the last year in varied employment-related issues. She has a great knowledge of employment law which has enabled us to take the necessary actions as and when they fell due. She responds quickly to any queries as sometimes, time has been important in making the right decisions.

BPC Electronics Ltd

Aman Goraya

What you get with Debbie is a Licensing Consultant who has your back, she will fight tooth and nail for what she believes is right and is as excited as you are when you reach the goal you both set out to do. Debbie takes every case personally and cares about her clients, I cannot recommend Debbie highly enough as an expert in Gambling/Gaming Legislation

Director Pure Gaming Limited

Christina Casey

 “We instructed Debbie Hough Bollard to liaise with our two Licencing authorities and the Gambling Commission when we restructured our company. Debbie dealt with all the paperwork and issues that came about quickly and efficiently and she made the whole process very easy for me. I would highly recommend her for any HR and licencing issues that you may have”.


Lordsdale Group

Joseph Lyons Mound

“Lyons Holiday Parks has grown substantially over the last ten years to become one of the largest family-owned caravan park operators in North Wales.  Throughout this period Debbie, with her expertise and utmost professionalism has supported the company in handling all dealings with the Gambling Commission”. 


Director Lyons Holiday Parks

Viren Nathwani

"Debbie has assisted us over the last few years in ensuring we comply with all the gambling licensing requirements as and when they have arisen. She is very approachable and her knowledge and understanding of the requirements are excellent."


Mediatheme Ltd

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