Shepherd and Wedderburn licensing lawyers- team overview 

Our highly experienced licensing lawyers are independently recognised for their breadth of expertise in contractual and contentious matters relating to alcohol, gambling, civic government and taxi licensing, and are highly regarded by our clients, who include many household names in hospitality, retail, education, transport, and leisure, as well as sports clubs, sole trader businesses, individuals and community organisations.  Clients include hotels, restaurants, garden centres, convenience stores, landlords, petrol filling stations and taxi operators.

Our licensing team, headed up by Partner and solicitor-advocate Kevin Clancy, collaborate with clients and work with Licensing Boards across Scotland in order to achieve a successful outcome.  The team has particular expertise in contentious licensing matters, representing clients at hearings for new applications, major and minor variation hearings, review hearings, personal licence hearings, appeals to the Sheriff Court and judicial reviews.

How can we help? 

  • We advise and represent clients on:
  • premises licence applications, variations to existing licences, transfers of existing licenses, licensing board hearings and review hearings;
  • personal licence applications, and representation before the licensing board where an individual has a criminal conviction and a hearing is required;
  • booking office, driver, or vehicle licences for the operation of a taxi or private car hire business;
  • civil appeals where a licence is refused, suspended, or revoked, and there is to be an appeal to the Sheriff Court; 
  • judicial reviews; 
  • criminal prosecutions arising from various legislative offences; and
  • health and safety advice in relation to the premises

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    -Legal 500

  • First-rate client service combined with deep expertise in a number of areas. They are very responsive and the fee scales represent excellent value for money.

    -Legal 500

  • I would say that the, legal 500ffy are particularly well organised. No request however complex or urgent has proven to be a problem to them. In addition, unlike some other firms, who instruct counsel for licencing matters, they are very much involved in bringing creative thinking to a case.

    -Legal 500


Providing and managing licensing services (liquor) for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in relation to all its Scottish stores. This includes detailed consideration of overprovision arguments in relation to recent applications, both for new licenses and variations, and advice on a range of compliance issues.
Private hire vehicles company
Advising private hire vehicle operators in relation to the booking office licences (taxi).
Online food delivery company
Advising an online food delivery company in relation to its compliance with licensing laws.
The Event Complex Aberdeen
Advising The Event Complex Aberdeen (now P+J Live), a new £333 million complex, in relation to applications for a premises licence (liquor), a theatre licence, and a market operator’s licence.
Providing and managing licensing services for a number of hotel portfolios in Scotland. This includes dealing with its Premises Licences, Personal Licences and HMO applications.
Garden Centre
Providing a full range of licensing services to a garden centre in relation to all its Scottish stores, food halls and restaurants.
Petrol filling stations
Providing advice to a number of petrol filling station operators in order to obtain a premises licence for a petrol filling station, which is an excluded premises under the legislation.
Providing support to other departments within the firm, including corporate, property and restructuring and insolvency.