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Licensing Law

Our team of expert licensing solicitors knows that every business has different needs, and we can advise and assist in all aspects of licensing and regulation.

Practical, professional advice for licensed trades and other regulated businesses


Gilson Gray has an experienced and expert licensing solicitor team that operates across all business sectors from alcohol and betting and gaming to festivals and events, and hotels and bars.

Within these sectors, we act for a broad range of clients from single-site operators and owner-managed business to multi-site operators and national companies. Our licensing lawyers know that every business has different needs, and we can advise and assist in all aspects of licensing and regulation. In terms of licensing, we set the bar high.

Our licensing solicitors can advise on:

  • Liquor licensing
  • HMO licensing – including landlords and student accommodation managers
  • Betting and gaming advice
  • Late hours catering licences for shops and food outlets
  • Street traders licensing for permanent sites and events/festivals
  • Pop up bars and event/festival bars
  • Reviews of premises and personal licences
  • Personal licence training, applications and management
  • Adult and family entertainment centre advice
  • Taxi licensing and private hire advice
  • New licence applications; changes to current licences; transfer of licences
  • General premises operation and management guidance and due diligence reviews

Need help with licensing and regulation?

Our expert licensing solicitor team operates across all business sectors.

Licensing lawyers to help guide you

We cover all kinds of licences, from alcohol and betting to festivals, events and bars.

Our 
People

Joanna Millar L Blue website

Joanna Millar

Legal Director

Laura Campbell L Blue website

Laura Campbell

Solicitor

What our clients say

  • Fiona Campbell
  • Chief Executive, The Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers (ASSC)

“Joanna Millar has offered vital and much appreciated professional legal advice and support to the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) during a time when the sector faces it’s single greatest threat (aside from Covid-19): the introduction of Short-Term Let Regulations including a Licensing Scheme and Planning Control Zones Process.

Joanna assisted with the ASSC’s robust response to the STL consultation, ensuring that we had enough legal knowledge to evidence our response. This support was invaluable.

On a personal level, Joanna has been at the end of the phone at all times of the day and night in moments of crisis, with a calm and pragmatic explanation relating to my immediate concerns. Professional, friendly, calm and endlessly knowledgeable, she has allowed me to do my job with the legal backing that is vital right now, to support a vital sector of Scotland’s tourism offer.

Gilson Gray are valued Partners for Business of the ASSC and we believe that Joanna Millar, representing Gilson Gray, should be recognised in the Chambers and Legal 500.”