Licensing (Business Premises) Work Fees

Our Pricing:

At Vas Solicitors we have always prided ourselves on our jargon-free and transparent approach to our work and its costs.

We feel it is really important, in addition to providing you with an excellent service, that you know what you will pay for the service you expect to receive.

We will always confirm our cost estimate or agreed fixed fee with you at the outset in any matter prior to beginning our work for you, for the avoidance of any doubt.


Where VAT is payable in the pricing shown below it is calculated at the current applicable rate (which is 20%).

The figures shown sequentially represent (1) the amount without VAT, (2) the amount of VAT due and (3) the total inclusive of VAT.

Where no VAT rate or amount is shown below, no VAT is payable.

Our Fees for Licensing Work

We charge a fixed fee for our our licensing work. Our fees are as follows:

Type Of Licensing



New Premises licence application

£950.00 plus £190.00 vat = £1140.00 total

The timeframe will depend upon the nature and complexity of the application. 

Each application type has a statutory timescale which the licensing authority must adhere to. In the case of a straightforward, non-contested application.

The process could take anywhere between 6 to 12 weeks, but could take considerably longer depending on the specific factors applicable to the matter.

Application to Transfer Premises Licence together with an application to vary an existing Premises Licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor

£450.00 plus £90.00 vat = £540.00 total

Application to vary an existing Premises Licence

£950.00 plus £190.00 vat = £1140.00 total

We will always advise you immediately about any variance and discuss the potential impact on price before any additional charges are incurred.

In addition, you will need to pay the following disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to other people.

The likely disbursements in most licensing cases are as follows.

Fees for newspaper advert are likely to be £350.00 – £650.00 (inclusive of any vat).

The application fee payable to the local authority is likely to be in the region of £190.00, but these are set by individual authorities and can vary.  That fee will not attract vat.

We will let you know from the outset of such fees for you to come to a decision before you instruct us.

Work We Will Do

We will:

  • Identify the local authority
  • Accurately identify the type of application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the electronic or paper based application to the local authority
  • Correspond and negotiate with the local authorities your goals to be reflected in the licence
  • Await receipt of the licence application

Potential Additional Work and Fees

Please note if there are objections and matter proceeds to a Licensing Sub-committee, then we will usually instruct counsel to represent you at the hearing. If that is necessary, Counsels fees will be incurred as an additional disbursement.

We will agree the identity of Counsel with you before Counsel is instructed and let you know the likely amount of those Counsels Fees.  That will vary depending on the identity and experience of Counsel, but typically for a hearing of this kind they might be in the region of £750 – £1500 exclusive of vat.

Counsels Fees ordinarily (but do not always) attract vat.

Any additional fees of our firm will be charged at our hourly rate (see the table below) and will attract vat.


Typically, obtaining the licence takes between 4 to 16 weeks, but can be considerably longer if there are issues the local authority wish to raise an objection towards.

Licensing Team and Experience


Position at Vas Solicitors


Relevant Experience

Hourly Rate plus VAT

Veeravagu Vaaheesan


Solicitor of the senior courts

10+ PQE

£280.00 plus £56.00 vat = £336.00 total

Evanjalin Vivekanandarajah


Solicitor of the senior courts

3+ PQE

£180.00 plus £36.00 vat = £216.00 total

Ashwariya Kuhendiran

Trainee Solicitor


1+ years of  experience

£125.00 plus £25.00 Vat =£150.00

Sunjay Issur

Trainee Solicitor


3+ years of experience

£125.00 plus £25.00 Vat =£150.00

Atputhan Saravapavan



1+ years of experience

£125.00 plus £25.00 Vat =£150.00