Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF



Laceys is the only firm in Bournemouth and Poole to have a specialist licensing department and one of a small handful of firms based in the south-west of England that is recognised in the Legal 500.

We specialise in the licensing of large scale outdoor events such as music and other festivals, game fairs and events held at stately homes and other large estates, representing clients that are widespread throughout England and Wales.

We deal with the licensing of;

  • Alcohol
  • Live and Recorded Music
  • Late Night Refreshment (i.e. hot food and drink takeaways)
  • Betting offices, casinos and both adult and family entertainment centres
  • Gaming Machines
  • Sporting and other events
  • Pavement Café or Table and Chair Licences
  • Taxi and Private Hire Licensing.

Our clients range from national organisations and brewers to independent operators, from a vast spectrum of businesses including pubs, off-licences, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, late-night take-aways, betting offices, sports grounds, minicab firms and sporting arenas to name but a few.

Whether you are looking to buy, sell, change or apply for a new licence, Laceys can provide a “one-stop” service. We manage not only the licensing aspects but also the planning and legal work involved as well.  We also help with risk assessments and all the other “red tape” involved.

Things sometimes go wrong.  We advise clients on “risk aversion” to try and make sure that nothing untoward happens but ultimately, if a client is threatened with the loss of a licence, we can and do provide emergency and out of hours cover whenever necessary.

If you would like any further advice on Licensing matters please contact one of our team below to see how we can help.

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Meet the Team

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Philip Day

Partner — Licensing and Regulatory

Direct dial: 01202 755216
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Philip is a leading figure in the world of licensing. If he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing. I’ve known Philip for over 10 years and have benefited greatly from his experience over the years both when paying for his services and as a friend. If you need somebody to represent you, look no further.”

Andrew Grove, High Grove Events and Vice President of the National Outdoor Event Association

Having specialised in Licensing since 1986, Philips main role is heading up this department, however he also does some work within the Regulatory team.

Licensing is all about obtaining necessary licenses, and any issues arising from these, in relation to pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels, to betting offices and other forms of gambling, not to mention music and other outdoor events.

Outside of work, Philip has a busy family life as well as being a council member of the National Outdoor Event Association and being elected as an Independent Councillor to Ringwood Town Council in May 2015.

Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755201
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

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