Why Do I Need a Liquor Licensing Lawyer?

Article 25 September 2020

If you are looking to set up a new restaurant, small bar or café, or involved in the operation of a registered club or association or are changing the business model of an existing hospitality operation, it pays to speak to an experienced liquor licensing lawyer.

All business owners whether entering the hospitality industry for the first time or been a part of hospitality for some time must be aware of liquor licensing legislation and regulations.  In New South Wales we have the Liquor Licensing Act 2007 which is enforced by Liquor & Gaming NSW.

There are numerous liquor licences available and currently the NSW Government has waived the annual liquor licence fees and the new liquor licence application fees.

Given the complexity of the industry and the potential penalties that can be imposed for non-compliance with a liquor licence, consulting a liquor licensing lawyer who understands both the legislation and its practical application is essential.

At CDQ, our experienced liquor licensing lawyer Matthew Williams can provide advice regarding:

• the type of licence you need;

• the application process;

• how the requirements of a particular licence will impact on your business model and operations;

• what policies and procedures you need to develop within your business to ensure compliance; and,

• the best way to manage any complaints or potential breaches of licence conditions.

The most effective way to utilise the knowledge and skills of an experienced liquor licensing lawyer is to involve them in the licence application process from the outset.  That way, you can be assured that you are not only seeking the most appropriate licence but that you also have a strong understanding of how best to work within the requirements it imposes.

If you are a business in the St George/Sutherland region, or anywhere in NSW, looking for an experienced liquor licensing lawyer, Matthew can work with you to determine the most appropriate business model and licence, liaise with Council and NSW Licensing Police and other relevant bodies to ensure the application process runs smoothly, and negotiate on your behalf with government bodies, landlords etc.  

Not only that, he has considerable experience successfully representing clients in the Local Court should you find yourself involved in a dispute over licensing conditions or compliance. 

To speak with Matthew, call CDQ today on 02 8856 0130 and find out how he can help with your liquor licensing needs.