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Fees for Licensing application

About Our Fees

We have attempted to cover the fees associated with the most common services here. If you want to know fees for a service not covered here, please Contact Us.

Our Fees

At Adam Bernard Solicitors, we are competitive and we offer affordable prices depending on  the various circumstances of our clients.

Depending on the complexity our fees are as follows:

Complexity Legal Fee (VAT Chargeable at 20%)
Low £1,000 to £2,500 plus VAT
Medium £2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT
High £5,000 to £15,000 plus VAT

These are estimates and exclude disbursements.

Disbursements

Disbursements are third party costs that may be applicable to your matter, these are likely to include an application fee, advertising costs and agent fees. Typical costs include:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)
  • Advertising fee
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary

These fees vary depending on the location and the type of premise. We assess your situation and provide an outline of what the costs are likely to be as soon as we are aware of the costs.

Typical disbursements which are additional costs payable on the above matters include, but are not limited to the following:

– newspaper public notices: £450 ;

– preparation of plans: £900;

– Lodging fee of premises licence application (depending on rateable value),  £650

VAT is applicable at the standard rate of 20%, on our services should the criteria be met. If VAT is due on any disbursements, we will inform you prior to agreeing the fee. For the avoidance of doubt, VAT is chargeable at 20%.

What does our fees include?

Our prices include the following advice and services:

  • Taking your instructions and providing detailed advice on how to draft the application to achieve licensing goals.
  • Advising on plans that are required to be included within your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premise licence in accordance with your instructions including the operating schedule. Submitting the application to the local authority licensing team with any additional plans.
  • Outlining the licensing costs to the licensing authority.
  • Preparation of copies of application to disclose and serve on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

What is not included in our fees?

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • 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 hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required, then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will my application take?

Relatively straightforward matters take between 6 and 14 weeks from instruction. This is dependent on you providing all relevant evidence and documentation in advance.

If the matter is more complex, with substantial opposition, or that you have not provided documents in a timely fashion then it may take longer. We will always keep you abreast of any delays.

What is VAT and when is it due?

VAT is chargeable if it meets the following criteria, it must:

  1. be a supply of goods or services
  2. be taxable
  3. take place in the UK
  4. be sold by a VAT registered person, and
  5. be made through business activity.

VAT is applicable at the standard rate of 20%, on our services should the criteria be met. If VAT is due on any disbursements, we will inform you prior to agreeing the fee. For the avoidance of doubt, VAT is chargeable at 20%.

Please see the table below for our hourly fees from our East London Office:

Guideline hourly rates

Fee earner Hourly Rate (ex. VAT)
Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience
£282 p/h
Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience
£232 p/h
Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience           £185 p/h
Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners
£129 p/h

 

 

Please see the table below for our hourly fees from our Central London Office:

Guideline hourly rates

Fee earner Hourly Rate (ex. VAT)
Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience
£373 p/h
Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience
£289 p/h
Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience           £244 p/h
Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners
£139 p/h

We may quote a fixed fee based on our hourly fee earner hourly rates based on an approximation of the number of hours. Generally, it takes between 4-8 hours of work to complete a general application, however this varies. This means that on average costs are between £500 and £6,000 depending on the application.

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